This piece, which produces a carrilon-type joyful sound, aims to challenge the good ones and give several simpler alternatives. I wrote this four-part piece so that every child in my fifth grade recorder ensemble could find a part where they could succeed or be challenged. Some had never seen a note before this year and others have been playing recorder and other instruments for years! Differentiation is us!
The notes used are D, E, G, A, B, C, D.
Every four measures the pattern changes.
Parts can be mixed and matched, removed, stacked or improvisation added. You could add wind chimes or jingle bells or other classroom percussion instrument if desired.
This can be played on an ensemble of recorders of like pitch: all C recorders (soprano and tenor) or all F recorders using the C recorder fingerings given (sopranino, alto, bass.) A full score and individual parts are included. I like to have students play from the full score so they can see the relationship of their part to the others.
Christmas, recorder, differentiation