Motivating standards-based benchmarks for recorder.
Finally! After years of teaching a recorder unit that produced memorizers instead of musicians I decided to create something new for my students. Goal: Continue the instruction of 4th grade standards during the recorder unit.
While these test do align with the Core Arts Standards, I wrote them to specifically match some of my state and Kodaly-based goals. Here they are to avoid confusion:
1) Reading, decoding, singing and playing patterns that include do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, high do, low sol, and low la pitches from standard notation (including absolute pitch).
2) Reading, decoding and playing simple I-IV-V accompaniments.
3) Reading, decoding, and playing tam-ti and ti-tam (dotted quarter-eighth and eighth-dotted quarter) rhythms.
These are part of my end-of-year 4th grade goals. I tried to make smart decisions about what students need to know during 3rd quarter (my recorder time) to continue to spiral toward mastery at the end of 4th quarter.
9 tests designed to push students toward skill mastery of 4th grade music standards.
I CAN statements for each test for clear teaching and assessment
Flash cards for fingering/absolute pitch and notation/absolute pitch
Both black and white and color sets