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Recorder Lessons for Four-Year-Old Learners With Teacher Debbie

In this ongoing, learner-directed course, four-year-old learners will learn how to play notes, patterns, notes that switch, and songs on the recorder.
Debbie VanAtter
110 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 11 learners
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year olds
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Charged weekly
Meets 1x per week
Runs week after week
30 minutes per class
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Class Experience

Students will learn recorder basics.  Each week we will practice sitting tall, holding the instrument properly, breathing deeply, blowing air lightly into the instrument, using our fingers to cover the holes in the instrument, using our mouth to seal the air flow, behaving like an instrumentalist, and basic note reading including rhythm.  We can learn all of these things by following directions while playing short exercises and songs, and by having fun!
I have successfully taught very young learners to play recorder previously in a large-class format.  The small-class format is much more conducive to learning and making progress when it comes to very young learners.  The only concern is finger size compared to the holes in the bore of the recorder.  Please check to make sure that your student's fingers are able to cover the holes.
Practice between lessons is required.  There is no set amount of time for weekly practice.  Daily practice is encouraged.  Practicing toward mastery will require dedication and routine practice.  For this age group, ten to fifteen minutes is usually the longest recommended time for one practice session.  If the student has fun playing the instrument, they will enjoy practicing as much as they are allowed to practice.  This is my hope for each learner in this class.  Have fun learning!
Learners must possess a recorder. It can be either Baroque or German in style. The Yamaha company has some good information which will be shared in the Outschool classroom, but the type will not make a difference to early beginners. Parents of learners can access Google Slides, printouts, and teacher-created videos for practice weekly in the Outschool classroom.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Learner progress is assessed formatively, and each class section is personalized for the learners in it.  Forward progress is always the goal.
30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
There is no sensitive or mature content in this class.
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The teacher will provide Google Slides containing printable versions of the music practiced in class.  Practice videos created by the teacher will be embedded in the Google Slides.  Slides may be accessed for practice, for printing, and for download.  The link to the slides will be posted in the Outschool classroom.  The class video will not be made available in the classroom for reasons of privacy for our little learners.


Debbie VanAtter
Lives in the United States
Music Teacher, Drama Teacher, ESL Teacher, and Reading/Math One-to-One Teacher for Dyslexia
110 total reviews
108 completed classes

About Me

     I am excited to teach classes to motivated learners on Outschool!  I have taught pretty much everything from phonics and telling time to calculus as a substitute teacher.  My highest passion is teaching music, so I became a certified... 
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