The piece was arranged to serve as accompaniment for the recording for two reasons. The first reason is because the pop song uses three musical sections: a verse, a chorus, and a bridge. This seemed important for students to learn because all of the pieces practiced previously during the study only had a verse and chorus section. The second reason is because the tempo is performed moderately fast, challenging the students to engage in placing their fingers on the pitches at a faster rate, thus possibly improving recall of the pitches at a higher technical skill.
Something worth noting is I didn't arrange pitches to be performed during the majority of the bridge of the piece. This was done for three reasons: 1.) because the chord progression during the bridge did not seem to match well with the tuning of a soprano recorder. 2.) to give the students a unique opportunity to perform the piece both using the recorder and their hands to clap a portion of the song.
3.) because I thought the students would nervously giggle at the lyrics, which read,“and when I touch you I feel happy inside. It’s such a feeling that my love…” To possibly remedy this,I arranged clapping so the students would have a difficult time hearing the lyrics over the entire class clapping the piece. Possibly removing any potential giggling that may have set the students off task helps the students stay focused when having to repeat the arrangement when the recording returns to the verse of the song.