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Semester Recorder Class

In this weekly class, students will develop in-depth skills in playing the recorder as a solo performer.
Sandra Girouard
378 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 1 learner
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year olds
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Charged upfront
$33 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 15 weeks
25 minutes per class

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Class Experience

Learning goals include:
 - proper playing position
 - knowledge of basic instrument care
 - Correct fingering and breath to elicit consistent, good tone for the all pitches 
 - Reading all diatonic pitches plus B-flat, F-sharp and C-sharp on the treble clef staff
 - Reading quarter notes, eighth notes, quarter rests, and half notes
 - Playing songs from a wide range of cultures
Sandra Girouard has been playing the recorder for most of her life. She began during the elementary grades and later played in the Collegium Musicum ensemble during her graduate studies as well as her local American Recorder Association chapter. She loves sharing this versatile and established woodwind instrument with students as an introduction to instrument playing and as a long-term, solo instrument. 
Students should expect to practice assigned material for 10 to 15 minutes daily. Practice assignments will be given at the end of each class meeting. 
Student need to have a good quality, Baroque fingering system Soprano recorder. Please take note: soprano recorders are available with both "German" and "Baroque" fingering. This class is designed for Baroque fingering instruments. Recorders traditionally have three pieces. They are designed to come apart for several reasons, including tuning, cleaning, and most importantly, adapting to the student's finger length. It is BEST for the student to have a 3-piece recorder. One-piece recorders are NOT recommended under any circumstances. The recommended recorders below all feature Baroque fingering and 3-piece construction. In most instances, a good quality plastic or resin recorder will cost less than a poor quality wood recorder. Many soprano recorders are available very inexpensively. However, there are also some very poor quality recorders available in discount stores. I recommend the following models: Yamaha YRS-302B Soprano Recorder, Baroque fingering, Key of C: Aulos Soprano Recorder (A303ADB) Baroque fingering Music notation sheets and any other learning mateirals will be provided by the teacher.
Parents that wish to receive a formal grade should have their students submit a weekly practice log.

Grades are based on:
 - practice
 - class attendance and active participation
 - understanding of musical concepts as expressed verbally during class meetings
 - ability to perform musical concepts as expressed through playing during class meetings and student made recordings (which are optional, but welcome)
25 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
All class materials and resources will be provided through the Outschool classroom. This includes the embedding of resource videos that will be hosted on YouTube. Parents should always supervise students when they are using the internet in any situation.
Weekly resource videos (song accompaniments or examples) are hosted on YouTube and embedded in the classroom. All other digital materials (downloads) are produced by the instructor utilizing open-source materials. 


Sandra GirouardLet's make some music!
378 total reviews
312 completed classes

About Me

Hello. My name is Sandra Girouard. I began teaching in 1989. I enjoy learning, and I absolutely love helping children learn. I have a Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College and a Master of Arts from the College of Education at the... 
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