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Windsongs Book 1



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This is a really nice book for students as young as second grade. It's set up like a workbook and the illustrations can be colored in by the students. Solfege syllables and rhythm syllables (ta, ti-ti, etc) are used and the staff is introduced. Just the notes B, A, and G are learned, but there are many songs and activities included. - Kathy

Windsongs Book 1
The Windsongs Series
For Recorder, Orff or Kodaly Programs
By Berthe Kulich and Joe Berarducci
38 pages

Progressive method for soprano recorder - for individual or classroom instruction. This is the first in a sequential series of six books leading from the first steps in recorder playing to musical literacy and the threshold of consort playing. Each book in the series serves as a workbook as there are tasks and exercises for the children to complete.

Each book builds upon the last, adding the notes in a logical sequence. The series uses sol-fa syllables (mi re do in Book 1) and rhythm syllables (ta and ti ti in Book 1) and leads to reading staff notation. There are places for students to draw notes and other written activities. A combination of both English and French songs which draw on the rich heritage of Canadian folk songs are used.    

For ages 6 to 12. 

Range of notes: B-A-G.


  • Practice Recorder
  • Introduction
  • Recorder Diagrams
  • Care of Your Recorder
  • First Steps in Playing
  • Introducing mi, re, do
  • First Try; Your Turn 
  • Evening Song
  • Repeat Sign; Directional notation using mi, re, do with Evening Song 
  • Note Names B A G
  • The Staff
  • Sailing
  • Finding LInes and Spaces
  • Treble Clef (G clef)
  • Writing B A G on the Staff
  • Bonnie Bee; The Wind
  • Time Pattern (2)
  • Polka Hop
  • Adding Bar Lines
  • March
  • Time Pattern (4)
  • Hot Cross Buns
  • Snow
  • Allelu
  • Rondin Picotin
  • Hop Old Squirrel
  • Supplementary Material: Long Legged Sailor; Come Come and Dance; Who's That Yonder?; Old Dog; Old Mister Mitch; The Clown; Taking Turns


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A gift for my Kindermusik graduate students
Dana M on May 19, 2014
I used this series when I taught elementary school and really liked it. I have been looking for it for my private studio for a while. I started the Grade 2 (age 7) in Book 1 and went right through to book 6 by the time they were in Grade 6. Great series!
Kathleen L on Apr 11, 2012
Excellent beginning book for younger children, can also be a coloring book. Has all the information students need to work independently in case they want to move at a faster pace. One or two songs per page gives the students a sense of accomplishment.
Abbie R on Feb 6, 2013

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