• As part of the third grade music curriculum your student(s) will learn how to play the recorder. They will be learning how to play using a curriculum called “Recorder Karate” where they earn “belts” for each song they learn. Once they learn how to play the recorders students are encouraged to practice at home because class time will be used for group rehearsal and individual testing to earn belts. For this to happen students need to own their own recorders.

    If you do not already own a recorder you can purchase a Lyons 3-piece Soprano Recorder at Music and Arts for $5. The nearest store is located at 5350 West Bell Road Unit 132 Glendale, AZ 85308. You do not need to buy a recorder that is Lyons brand, Yamaha is also a good brand; you just need a plastic soprano recorder with Baroque fingering. They are even available on Amazon! These recorders come in a variety of colors, and there is no particular color requirement for my class, so feel free to let your child pick out their favorite!

    We will start holding recorders to learn finger placements in November, but will not start playing them until after Veteran’s Day. There are some owned by the school which can be used during class if not yet purchased or forgotten, however, they are only for use in class and cannot be used for practice at home.

    If you have any questions feel free to email me at dakota.davis@dvusd.org