Teacher's Supplement

Exploring the Recorder and Music Theory, Book 2, 238 pages

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Contents of the Teacher’s Supplement

Exploring the Recorder and Music Theory is designed for a one-semester course for middle school or older students. Music theory facts and concepts are explored in the context of 55 songs and pieces, 5 poems for improvisation, and 135 music theory worksheets and exercises of varying lengths and levels of challenge.

The philosophy: experience, analysis, more experience

The eight skills explored in this book

How to teach the seven skills

  • Teaching playing by ear
  • Teaching improvising
  • Teaching transposing
  • Teaching recorder technique
  • Teaching sight-reading
  • Teaching dictation and use of solfège
  • Teaching harmonizing
  • Teaching dictation and use of solfège2
  • Teaching ensemble performance

About rhythmic chanting1

About shaping the melody

Reading the text

Playing by ear songs (notated)

Additional practice worksheets index

Answers to crossword puzzles


1. The author advocates an approach to rhythm and meter similar to that used in the Orff Schulwerk.

2. Use of solfège syllables and Curwen hand signs as employed in the Kodály Method complements the text and facilitates learning.  A “moveable Do” approach with Do-based minor (a parallel approach) is recommended for use with this text.