Third Grade Recorder FAQs
1. How much should I practice?
Third graders are expected to practice their recorders at home in order to reinforce the lessons taught during music class. Third graders should try to practice about five to ten minutes each night during the week. Of course, this time may need to be increased if a student feels uncomfortable with the material were covering at the time. I do hear students play in pairs throughout the marking period to assess their recorder skills. A student may feel more comfortable with a bit more practice on their test piece when it is assigned. Short homework practice assignments are given approximately on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. As a rule of thumb, students should spend as much time as needed to feel comfortable with the assigned material. Playing one time per week in the music class is not considered sufficient practice time to allow for progress and growth throughout the year.
2. Where is a good place to practice my recorder?
Talk to your parents and agree upon a suitable practice place. Ideally it should be a quiet area where you can concentrate and not disturb anyone else in your household. When the weather is nice, you might enjoy practicing outside, or even with a friend!
3. When is a good time to practice my recorder?
Again, talk to your parents and agree on a time that works best in your familys schedule.
4. How can I clean my recorder?
Recorders can and should be thoroughly cleaned about once a month (more often if you like), by simply washing it with warm soapy water or running it through your dishwasher. Please make sure to replace you name labels if they fall off due to cleaning. Use of the included cleaning rod is optional. I would prefer if you kept the cleaning rod at home. If youd like to use the cleaning rod, simply attach a small piece of cloth (not a tissue or paper towel) and insert into the bottom of the recorder. Wipe the inside of the recorder dry by slowly twisting the rod back and forth as you insert the rod up towards the mouthpiece, and back down and out of the recorder.
5. What happens if I forget to bring my recorder to music class?
I will give you a fingering recorder to use for class. Fingering recorders are for fingering only and do not go into student mouths! I will make note that you forgot it for that day and send a recorder notice home with you. If you get a recorder notice it does not mean that you are in trouble! It is simply a way for your parents to know that you didnt have your recorder with you for that day, so that they can help you be more prepared for the next class. Please have your parents sign the notice and return it to me the following class.
6. My recorder is very squeaky! Whats wrong with it?
You will get a squeaky sound from your recorder if:
a. You are blowing too hard.
b. You are not covering the finger holes completely.
c. You are not using proper recorder posture (sitting up straight and holding the recorder pointed down towards the floor)
7. What should I bring to music class each week?
Please bring your recorder every week. You only need to bring your book if I ask you to bring it so that we can correct a written assignment together.
8. Where should I put my handouts from music class?
I think students benefit from a wide variety of songs and exercises. Sometimes this material is not included in your books, but will be handed out to you as a supplemental sheet. Please designate a folder in a safe place for any extra music handouts.