Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Recorder Master in the Music Classroom

This blog post comes to us from Fairfield Township School in Bridgeton, New Jersey.  Mr. Kenneth Rafter is the Music teacher for Grades 1-8 and integrates technology on a daily basis.  We caught him with this fun activity involving  'Recorder Master' from the
 "Students use the game "Recorder Master" to enhance and reinforce recorder skills. At the same time it is a fun game that the students enjoy.  Recorder Master teaches proper breath control which on the recorder is very important in obtaining a good tone quality.  The game can be described as what I call a cross between Super Mario Bros, Angry Birds, and Guitar Hero.  The objective is to have students perform various tasks on the recorder and collect music notes throughout the game.  As students collect the notes they earn points that can advance them to harder levels. This activity meets 3 of the National Standards for Music Education: 

1) Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music2) Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music3) Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

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