Music Recorder Games

Music teachers in primary, elementary and middle school often use recorders to teach students about music. Several games exist to help students learn about music and how to play the recorder; each of these games requires a minimum amount of knowledge on the part of the student. The teacher should prepare the students by teaching them how to play any notes that used in the game.


The teacher should stand at the front of the classroom and play a rhythm on her recorder. The students should then imitate the rhythm on the recorder playing a single pitch selected by the teacher. If the students get the rhythm correct, the teacher will play another rhythm that is more complicated. This imitation game is great for primary and elementary school students.


Primary schoolchildren can play an imitation game provided the notes used are very simple; however, the game is better suited for elementary and middle school students. The teacher will play a three-note melody at the front of the class. The students should be in a position to see the fingering that the teacher uses. Students then have two minutes to figure out how to play the melody. After two minutes, the students will play the melody along with the teacher. The teacher will then play a four-note melody. This game can continue until the students are unable to remember the melody.


The breathing game is so simple any child can perform it successfully. For this game to work, all students must stand up with their recorders. The teacher will count to three and then students will start playing a predetermined note picked by the teacher. Students may only take one initial breath; as each student runs out of air, he must sit down and wait for the rest of the students to finish. The last student standing wins this game. Playing this game improves tone production as students have to monitor and control their breathing.


Playing scales is a game for advanced students; it can be used as an end-of-the-year goal for middle school and some advanced elementary school students. The goal is to play all major scales as quickly as possible without making mistakes. The teacher can select a few students each day to play timed scales. The students that learn all of their scales may be rewarded with some event or gift deemed suitable by the teacher.


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