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INTRODUCTION

Recorders come in various sizes, with Sopranino being the smallest of them all. It also plays the highest pitch amongst all the recorders. 

There are plenty of teaching materials available for the teaching of descant / soprano and treble / alto recorders but very little resources for Sopranino. Hence I have written this little instruction manual for music teachers who would like to teach the Sopranino recorder. It is meant to be a starting point for small children with little or no knowledge of music theory. 

Each Unit of work is complete with an introduction to some very fundamental music theory activity and should last about 45 minutes or more. Every subsequent lesson should start with a revision of what is being taught the previous lesson to reinforce the concepts learnt. 

The Units / Lesson plans outlined here can be used with a small group of about 8 to 10 pupils or with individuals. 



PREREQUISITES

The lessons in this book are presented on the assumption that the teachers using them already have a sound knowledge of good postures , the correct hand positions for holding a recorder, proper breathing techniques and basic fingering. 

Materials provided are Exercise Sheets, Units / Lesson Plans ( with objectives ) and Suggestions of Songs and Fingering charts** for both G major scales and F major scales. 



If you need to know more about advanced recorder techniques and music theory, visit the web site at www.dolmetsch.com .They have the most  comprehensive and informative web site about recorders I have come across on the internet.

You may also be able to purchase Sopranino recorders from the Dolmetsch Recorder online store. Check their web site for more information.
 

What age should my students be to start learning the Sopranino recorder?

Not every preschool child will be ready to begin recorder instruction as the maturity level of 4 to 5- year olds varies greatly. Girls are generally better coordinated and have better dexterity at an earlier age. 

So instead of plunging headlong into lessons, one should consider the readiness of the students by considering the following: 

* Is his/her attention span long enough to practise at least 5 to 10 minutes a day to begin with? 
* How is his / her small muscle coordination like? Can the child hold a pencil well enough to write alphabets? 
* Can the child recognize simple alphabets from A to G? 
* Can the child count 1 to 4? 
* Are the fingers long enough to cover all the holes on the Sopranino recorder? 

If a majority of these prerequisites are missing, it is better to wait a little longer before starting the child on lessons. 



Tips: Always make sure you are able to get the Sopranino recorders before starting your classes. 
Reason: Sopranino recorders go out of stock easily.

Tips: For group instruction, it is better to order the same type / model  of  recorders for every single child in the group. 
Reason: Different models have slight variations in tones and timbre. Some pupils may get German fingering while others may get Baroque fingering recorders. 

Tips: To print the music score from the lesson plans, you can use your mouse, drag it over the score to select it first.  Then choose print and on your print dialogue box, choose "print selection". To print the lesson plan, I suggest you select the left pane - print that out first. Then proceed to select the right pane before printing it out.



** The Fingering charts provided are different from the ones usually used by other recorder books or provided with the recorder. It is in scale format. When placed flat next to the player, the pattern  is easier to duplicate on the recorder than the "mirror image" format used by most other fingering charts. Great for small kids.
Words from the Author
The eBook of lesson plans for the teaching of Sopranino Recorder is developed:-
  • to serve as a guide for busy music teachers who wish to introduce / incorporate this  instrument into their normal weekly music lessons
  • to serve as a guide for recorder teachers who have always been teaching descant / soprano recorders and would like to try their hands at introducing Sopraninos
  • to serve as a guide to teachers who wish to start a recorder club teaching young children / beginners to play this instrument
Although there are ten lesson plans featured here, feel free to break them up to twenty or even thirty to suit your pupils' needs.  You can adapt them in any way. You may like to start by teaching them the E, D, C notes of the left hand and then the higher notes F and G first instead of following the sequence. You may also wish to introduce the F sharps so that pupils can play the complete scales of F major and G major  on their recorders. 

Many of the exercises and tunes / songs are conveniently created for the purpose of fulfilling the teaching / instruction needs for learning different fingerings.  Much care has been taken not to infringe on the copyright of others.  Any resemblance of these created music to any actual ones that may exist anywhere is unintentional and purely coincidental.

The letter names for the notes used will be represented as follows:
(lowest)F,G,A,Bb,C,D,E,F',G'(highest)

PERMISSION is granted for you to PRINT the materials for your own use, print the song materials for your pupils and to Distribute the entire eBo-ok to whoever needs it. Please do not SELL it as it is not the intention of the author to profit from this edition of the eBo-ok. 

LIMIT OF LIABILITY / DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY:
THE AUTHOR HAS USED THE BEST EFFORTS IN PREPARING THIS BOOK. THE AUTHOR MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF CONTENTS OF THIS BOOK. THE ACCURACY AND COMPLETENESS OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED HEREIN AND THE OPINIONS STATED HEREIN ARE NOT GARANTEED OR WARRANTED TO PRODUCE ANY PARTICULAR RESULTS AND THE ADVISE AND STRATEGIES CONTAINED HEREIN MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR EVERY INDIVIDUAL. THE AUTHOR SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OF PROFIT OR OTHER COMMERCIAL DAMAGES RESULTING IN THE USE OF THIS MATERIAL.
Copyright 2002;  Lynda Shen, All Rights Reserved