In this final lesson practice performing and get feedback on your new skills. In the videos, Gina shares three more songs if you want to keep learning!
Remember Your Skills
With a friend or as a class, see if you can remember all the new skills that you’ve learned!
Hints: think about how you hold your body, where your feet go, what to do with the air that goes in and out of the lungs, which hand goes on top of the recorder, what to do with your lips and teeth when you play
More hints: Think about the two tools musicians use to create a mood with their music (how fast/slow, how loud/soft)
Perform for your friends, family, or your classmates
Be sure to celebrate all your new skills and applaud every performance, even if it’s not perfect
Video yourself performing
Applaud yourself for learning a new instrument! Then watch the video again and ask yourself what could you work on tomorrow to make your performance even better?
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Example Recorder Rubric
It’s best to create your own rubric and enforce the new skills you value most, but here’s an example rubric.
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More Recorder Melodies
Here’s a worksheet that has the three additional melodies: Hot Cross Buns, Au Claire de la Lune, and Down by the Station.
Just like any new skill (playing a sport, getting good at math, learning how to cook), practicing is essential to getting better! Be bold, try hard, and make mistakes, and keep on practicing! With practice you could go on to learn other musical instruments and maybe even one day you could become a professional musician.
When you’ve learned your new skills, be sure to celebrate then and share them with your friends and family! After all, music is all about sharing and how musicians share their music is through performance. Plus, every time you perform you’ll get even better!
Learning how to sing and play the recorder is lots of fun, but it takes lots of hard work too. And no matter what happens in your practice or performance applaud yourself! Plus, be sure to applaud yourself for gaining so many 21st Century Skills, which will help you succeed in all subjects and all aspects of life.
1.0 Artistic Perception
Listen to, Analyze, and Describe Music
1.4 Describe music according to its elements, using terminology of music.
2.0 Creative Expression
Apply Vocal and Instrumental Skills
2.2 Use classroom instruments to play melodies and accompaniments from a varied repertoire of music from diverse cultures, including rounds, descants, and ostinatos, by oneself and with others.
3.0 Historical and Cultural Context
Diversity of Music
3.3 Sing and play music from diverse cultures and time periods.
4.0 Aesthetic Valuing
Analyze and Critically Assess
4.1 Use specific criteria when judging the relative quality of musical performances.
4.2 Describe the characteristics that make a performance a work of art.
5.0 Connections, Relationships and Applications
Connections and Applications
5.1 Identify and interpret expressive characteristics in works of art and music.
Careers and Career-Related Skills
5.4 Evaluate improvement in personal musical performances after practice or rehearsal.
• MU.CR.2.4b. Use notation to document personal or collective rhythmic, melodic, and simple harmonic musical ideas (e.g. chords).
• MU.CR.3.4b. Present the final version of personally or collectively created music to others and explain their creative process.
• MU.RE.7.4a. Explain how music listening is influenced by personal interest, knowledge, purpose, and context.
• MU.RE.7.4b. Demonstrate and explain how musical concepts and contexts affect responses to music.
• MU.RE.8.4a. Demonstrate and describe expressive attributes and how they support creators’/ performers’ expressive intent.
• MU.RE.9.4a. Apply teacher-provided and collaboratively-developed criteria to evaluate musical works and performances.
• MU.PR.4.4aDemonstrate and explain how the selection of music to perform is influenced by personal interest, knowledge, purpose, and context
• MU.PR.4.4c. Read and perform using notation (e.g. syncopation).
• MU.PR.4.4d. Demonstrate an understanding of musical concepts (e.g. physical, verbal, or written response–understanding of musical concepts and how creators use them to convey expressive intent).
• MU.PR.5.4b. With an appropriate level of independence rehearse to refine technique, expression, and identified performance challenges. –
• MU.PR.6.4a. Perform music with appropriate expression, technique, and interpretation.
• MU.PR.6.4b. Demonstrate performance and audience decorum appropriate for the occasion.
• MU.CN.10.4b. Describe the roles and impact various musics plays in one’s life and the lives of others.
• MU.CN.11.4a. Explore and describe relationships between musics and other content areas (e.g. dance, visual art, dramatic arts, literature, science, math, social studies, and language arts).
• MU.CN.11.4b. Describe how context (e.g. social, cultural, and historical) can inform a performance
Creativity and Innovation
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Communication and Collaboration
Flexibility and Adaptability
Initiative and Self Direction
Leadership and Responsibility
Social and Cross-Cultural Skills
Productivity and Accountability