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UNIT 3

INTRODUCTION
Teacher preparation: 

Print out Exercise sheet No.2 for each pupil ( for home practice and parent's reference ). 

Make an overhead transparency of the Exercise sheet No.2 - Sopranino recorder (2) for class instruction. [ It is important that pupils do not slouch and bend to look at notes. Having the notes on OHT allows pupils to follow the notes when the teacher is pointing to them ]

Make an OHT of Song Sheet and print paper copies for pupils to bring home.

OHT of Sopranino recorder (1)

Prepare a nice tune to play on your Sopranino for your pupils to listen.



Objectives: [a] Pupils to recognise / feel  beats in melodies. 
[b] Pupils to listen to a recorder tune.
[c] Pupils to understand how to hold a recorder properly. 
[d] Pupils to be able to produce a pleasant tone for two  pitches ( E and D notes ) 
[e] Pupils to learn how to clap rhythms consisting of  quarter notes, half notes, whole notes and quarter note rest.

Resources: Sopranino recorders , Exercise sheet, Beat Circle chart ( make your own ), Song Sheet
( song 1, 2 )



PROCEDURE:

Tuning In:  Teacher shows the Beat Circle chart. Pupils clap to the beats while teacher points to each circle. Vary the speed. Pupils sing to "tu" a simple tune, clapping the beat, while the teacher points to the beat on the Beat Circle. [a] Substitute the "dots" with pictures of  quarter notes - clap the rhythm. [b] substitute quarter notes with quarter rests -clap the rhythm. [c] substitute two quarter notes with one half note - clap the rhythm. You can continue this activity by writing / transferring the rhythm on the board.

[1] Play a tune on your Sopranino for your pupils to listen. They can feel the beat while you play it a second time.
[2] Pupils get ready to play recorders, check hand positions.
 

[3] Each pupil to try out playing the note E on the recorder. Teacher to listen and check that every single person is able to achieve at least a good sound. 

[4] Review note exercises on Sopranino (1). You may like to start with the Imitation activity or go straight into notation. ( Teacher first vocalises the rhythm to ''tu'', while showing the correct fingering for note E. Pupils to copy the action. Then teacher plays a rhythm (one by one) as indicated on the Exercise sheet while pupils copy on the recorder.) 

[5] New note for today is D. Show pupils how to do fingering for this new note. (Pupils hold the recorder under the lip.)

[6] Demonstrate: play E, then D. Vocalise  to "tu", with correct fingerings, then play the sound the second time round.

[7] Refer to Exercise sheet No.2, Sopranino (2) on OHT, clap the rhythm for each line, saying the letter name D. Play the D notes on the recorder line after line.

[8] Learn songs 1 and 2 from Song Sheet.

Summary: Ask for volunteers to to play the rhythms on E notes from Sopranino (1). Ask for volunteers to create some rhythms based on the two notes learnt and play them on the recorder.

Practice points:
Pupils must practise to get good sounds on E note and D note with proper hand positions ( 5 - 10 minutes a day ). Pupils to practise with the aid of  Exercise sheets 1 and 2 to strengthen rhythm concepts. Pupils may be encouraged to explore the next note C on their own and to come out with a simple tune based on E, D and C. Practise Songs 1 and 2.



Tips:
 
  • Encourage creativity with notes E and D.
  • Teach notes on staff and  actual rhythm recognition. Try to avoid writing down letters under the notes on the music score. If letters are written down, even accomplished music readers may prefer to read letters than look at the music.
  • Give each pupil opportunity to play for everybody during lesson time. Point out examples of good sounds played by individuals.
Exercise Sheet 2 - Sopranino Recorder (2)
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