Whilst in Year Two, the children are introduced to tuned instruments, they will be given the opportunity to learn the how to play notes 'B', 'A' and 'G' on the descant recorder.
The children are introduced to the basics, such as how to hold the recorder with their left hand. To help them remember the children are invited to wear a small bracelet or band on their left wrist and they will be introduced to the phrase:
“Remember the Hand with the Band”
This has shown to be quite effective to help the children remember to hold their recorder in their left hand.
The children will then practice the best method to make a soft sound on the recorder. We all know it can sound “quite screechy” if played incorrectly. The children are introduced to using a gentle blowing technique using the soft sound “tuu”.
“ tuu” “tuu” “tuu” “tuu” “tuu”
Remembering not to say it into the recorder but just using a soft whisper sound.
* All recorders are cleaned and sterilised at the end of each session. Children do not share the recorders during a session.