What is Recorder Karate?
Recorder Karate is a self-paced recorder instruction method that teaches basic techniques used in wind instruments through nine folk songs. In addition, students learn to be musically literate and what it means to be a contributing member of an instrumental ensemble. All students in the 5th grade study recorder some point during the year.
What goes on during class?
During class, students learn the skills necessary to read the notes of the Treble Clef as well as rhythmic patterns and breathing techniques. Each of the songs that students play for their tests is also taught and rehearsed in class.
What are the tests?
Students are given the opportunity to sign up for playing tests before and after school in addition to during our regular class sessions. Each playing test asses the student's ability to play on pitch and with rhythmic accuracy. The students were each given a copy of the music that is required to play for their belt. The sheet music is available in the "Belt Songs" and an audio recording of each song is available in the "Podcast" link to the left.
Belt? What are belts?
Once the student has shown, through a playing test, that he/she is capable of playing the assigned song, the student is awarded a "belt" (similar to that awarded for passing a Karate test). The student then ties the belt onto his/her recorder and moves his/her nametag up to the correct belt color on the Recorder Karate board.