Recorder Karate 2 Teacher Book with CD


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Recorder Karate 2
By Barb Philipak and Paul Jennings
Teacher Handbook with CD
Includes Reproducible Student Pages
56 pages

The Teacher's Handbook brings together all of the creative teaching ideas that Barb Philipak has developed over the years using Recorder Karate in her classroom, as well as in workshops with other teachers.  Among the many things covered in the text of this book are sections, often with worksheets, on:

  • Common Problems and How To Fix Them
  • Classroom Management/Testing Survival
  • Using Recorder Karate with the National Standards
  • Working With Special Needs Students
  • Anchor Sheets and Exit Slips (with downloadable examples)
  • Dojo Groups

One of several exclusive extras included with this product are MIDI files for each tune so that you can use the music at any tempo you like, using software and apps that let you work flexibly with MIDI files. You can find these for most operating systems including Mac, iPhone and Android, Windows, and more. In addition, there will be online features at a website like there are for Recorder Karate which will allow your students to practice with the tracks online. That's also where you will find reproducible/projectable charts and worksheets including:

  • How to practice and Weekly Recorder Practice sheets
  • Rubric for testing; Rubric for video testing
  • Quizzes on counting and fingering
  • Worksheets on things like F vs. F#, high C vs. low C, and other similar challenges

As you would expect, volume 2 has lots more music, sequenced by difficulty and designed to be played in a belt-testing environment. The selections are divided into the following sections:

  • Review/Sequencing – This section addresses the teaching sequence in the first volume of Recorder Karate and providing options for tune substitution in both volumes
  • Black Belt Degrees – This section includes nine new arrangements, carefully sequenced with gradually more difficult technical challenges.
  • Advanced Music Beyond The Nine Black Belts – This section provides substitution options and additional levels for more advanced players.
  • Seasonal Music – This section presents new arrangements for holiday performance within the method style, all arranged with testing lengths.
  • Concert Selections - As with the first volume of Recorder Karate, longer concert settings of some songs within the method are included in this section.

The music is all fully orchestrated, and includes folk songs, classical works, old favorites, and tunes from around the world.

New notes: low C, F, Bb, E', and optional G#.
New concepts include: half-hole fingering, slurs, rhythms that get progressively harder, various key signatures and time signatures, accidentals, eighth rests, and more work with ties, sharps, flats, and pick-up notes.

Largo from New World Symphony
Rocky Mountain
The Wedding March (Wagner)
Old Joe Clark
Can Can – slow
Can Can – fast
America (My Country 'Tis Of Thee)
Polly Wolly Doodle – slow
Polly Wolly Doodle – fast
Four in A Boat
I've Been Working on the Railroad
Aura Lee
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
On Top Of Old Smoky
Doggie Doggie
The Water Is Wide
Red River Valley
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Buffalo Gals
Home On the Range
Renaissance Dance (Susato)
Take Me Out To the Ball Game
Jingle Bells
We Three Kings
Shalom Chaverim
The Water Is Wide – duet
Variations on an Old Appalachian Game Tune (Four In A Boat)
Rhapsody on a Civil War Ballad (Aura Lee)


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