Posted on April 23, 2015
By Barb Philipak
Book and CD
A beginning recorder method using 9 folk songs and familiar tunes; each piece is progressively harder than the last. Students are motivated by the goal of earning "karate belts" (not included) - a different color for each song they master. The author suggests using your own short pieces of embroidery thread to make the "belts", so that students can tie the different colored "belts" around the bell of their recorder as they earn them. Guidelines are given if you have other copy-permissible songs that you would like to use with the Recorder Karate teaching method.
Copy-permissible pages include: student song sheets and a cover page so that each student can have their own songbook; informational pages on the history, care, holding position and playing technique for the recorder; fingering chart; informational pages and worksheets for rhythms and notation; recorder quiz; "black belt" award sheet; sample letter to parents; attendance and progress charts; and fun clip art.
Each song sheet gives the pitches used, the number of beats or measures of introduction on the included CD, 1 verse of the song with lyrics underneath (no lyrics for Ode to Joy) and new concepts that are featured in that song. The first time a new note is used, the fingering for that note is given at the bottom of the page. 3 songs (When the Saints Go Marching In, Amazing Grace and Ode to Joy) also have separate "concert version" song pages, featuring longer arrangements with repeats or 1st and 2nd endings (notation only is given on these pages). Hot Cross Buns also has a page for using Orff instrument accompaniment.
The included CD has 23 tracks of simple recordings to help in the practice and testing of the tunes. Each tune is first heard as a full recording followed by 1 or 2 versions of the accompaniment only; for the first 5 songs, the first accompaniment version is slower and the second is faster. CD tracks 24-29 feature special concert versions of When the Saints Go Marching In, Amazing Grace and Ode to Joy. The arrangements are slightly extended and each song has a recording of the full performance as well as a separate track with the accompaniment only.
Recommended for grades 4-5 (could be adapted by using your own songs for younger or older students).
Note Progression: B, A, G, E, D, high C, high D, F#.
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