Recorders, Recorders, Recorders!
I probably don't have to say much more! THEY ARE SO EXCITED!!!! I love it! I promise that they will be playing a song shortly! Classes that I did get to see this rotation started reading flashcards and hopefully are practicing them at home. I've had several students tell me that parents have been teaching Hot Cross Buns--FANTASTIC!!!! Once we get started, they will continue to build skills (proper performance technique and note reading) as well as playing more complicated songs. Mary Had a Little Lamb may not seem terribly difficult, but the one tricky measure in there teaches them to how to practice, which is just as important as actually practicing. There is a difference between playing and practicing. I will have that conversation with them, but hopefully you will be able to tell which one is happening at home. That being said, they should also take some time to just play around. That's the best part! Honestly, while your ears may need a break, that is when they start to develop a love of playing an instrument or performing, and that's all part of playing the recorder. In the meantime, I hope they are practicing at least a few days per week or even 5 minutes a day. One of them asked me today if she could practice for an hour a day. I am truly sorry! ;-)