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Recorder Lessons for Young Beginners (Ages 5-7) With Teacher Debbie: 101

In this ongoing course, young beginners will learn how to play notes, exercises, and songs on the recorder.
Debbie VanAtter
99 total reviews for this teacher
39 reviews for this class
Completed by 182 learners
25 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does anOngoingcourse work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Next on Tue Aug 9

Meets Once per week
7pm - 7:25pm
Only 2 spots remaining

Next on Tue Aug 9

Meets Once per week
8pm - 8:25pm
Only 3 spots remaining

Next on Thu Aug 11

Meets Once per week
5:30pm - 5:55pm
Only 2 spots remaining

Next on Fri Aug 12

Meets Once per week
8pm - 8:25pm
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Next on Sat Aug 13

Meets Once per week
12:30pm - 12:55pm
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Next on Wed Aug 24

Meets Once per week
8pm - 8:25pm
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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.  
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, 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 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.
Assessment occurs formatively in class and changes or informs the way I teach.  I see the needs and tendencies of the students and adjust my teaching according to each group of learners.
25 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 weekly music printouts of custom exercises and traditional songs in a very easy format.  Students can access Google Slides containing practice videos created by the teacher weekly in the Outschool classroom.  Students may also watch the class video and practice along with it.


Debbie VanAtter
Lives in the United States
Music Teacher, Drama Teacher, ESL Teacher, and Reading/Math One-to-One Teacher for Dyslexia
99 total reviews
100 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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