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Folk Instrument of the Past Enriches Music Classes Today

Students in Tiffany Brown's class play their recorders.

As the leaves start to change and the nights get colder, music classrooms around the country are filled with the sounds of the recorder.

The recorder is an instrument simple enough for the average 3rd grader to pick up and play, but yet complicated enough that you can play just about any song. 

“I like using the recorder in my music class because it is an excellent way to get 3rd graders excited about music and a great tool for them to take and learn songs at home”, says Jeremy Ryder the music teacher at Waxhaw Elementary School.  

The recorder was first used as a folk instrument in the 12th century and now today, almost 900 years later, more than 3.5 million plastic recorders are manufactured each year. 

Although the instrument has been around a long time, it is still provides a way for students to express themselves in a new way.  “I like learning new songs.  My favorite song is Gently Sleep.  The recorder has a nice and fluid sound to it, not like the drums”, says Kylee from Tiffany Brown’s 3rd grade class.

Written by: Jeremy Ryder, Music Teacher
Posted: Nov 29, 2011 by Kimberly Thomas

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