I never did music when I was young and regret it to this day. So, I am teaching my children to play the recorder. With this comes theory and learning to read music. It is the basic music instrument that most schools and music teachers start with.
I have beautiful wooden flutes (recorders) for the children to learn with. I believe that a woodwind instrument should be made of wood, that it has a special character, warmth to it that you do not get with a plastic recorder.
I use a curriculum written by Marie du Plessis.
- Tel: 023 3121288
- Address: PO Box 857, Ceres 6835
1. Teaches the music notes B, A, G, C', D'. The notes are named and colour coded, for example, Annie A wears a red dress. The children enjoy colour coding their notes and colouring Annie A in a red dress. The timing notes are also associated with for example a fox, or a tortoise. I have always battled with music timing but for the first time I understand it and have grasped it.
2. Teaches: Shy Donkey D, Eddy E and Old Uncle Middle C.
3.teaches: Frieda F# and Frieda F.
4. Teaches: Eddy E' and B-flat.
You get a teachers handbook and two CD's with it. Again this is very reasonably priced. The whole set cost us about R400.00 with postage. You can buy each book separately. But I bought the whole set.
Well, that is the recorder sorted. I am now looking for a guitar curriculum!