Mike Leadabrand

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By Mike Leadabrand
This arrangement of Albinoni's 18th century masterpiece, Adagio, has been written for recorder ensemble consisting of soprano (descant), alto (treble), tenor and bass recorders. It is easily played by middle school aged students and has been
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This is an arrangement of Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, the Rogers and Hart classic from 1939, for four part recorder ensemble. The four parts (soprano, alto, tenor and bass recorder) are all easily learned by middle school aged students but
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This is a simple arrangement of Gershwin's "Summertime" for four part recorder ensemble with soprano, alto, tenor and bass recorders. It is suitable for ages 8 through to adult players because it is not difficult but it is effective. It is perfect
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This is an energetic, baroque inspired composition for four part recorder ensemble consisting of soprano, alto, tenor and bass recorder. It is probably the most enduring and best loved of all my original compositions for my school ensemble where we
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Sinage is a four part composition for recorder ensemble using soprano, alto, tenor and bass. It is an impressionist style piece and it generates an atmosphere of melancholy. I have been the music teacher in the same primary (elementary) school for
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My music background is performing in bands and orchestras. I play woodwinds and guitars and this is what I mostly teach. As a primary (elementary to middle school) teacher I have run a recorder ensemble for which I have written and arranged all the music for the past 27 years in Perth, Australia. My ensemble caters to students from 8 to 13 years of age who show ability and a strong work ethic.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My philosophy is that students will work hard to learn music they want to play and I have written and arranged all of this music because there was nothing available that suited my needs. My students start learning recorder in 2nd grade and join the ensemble when they are ready. I play all parts continually as I teach them and older students tutor the younger ones. Our ensemble has four sections of soprano, alto, tenor and bass recorder and all of these arrangements are written in four parts. These arrangements can be played by any four-part ensemble but they were primarily written for four recorders.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Finalist- West Australian Teacher of the Year-2004 Nominee- Australian of the Year-2013 Mayor's Award for Service to the City of Gosnells-2000 Level Three Classroom Teacher (West Australia) -from 1998 to present

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Born in Pasadena, California, 1948 Began music studies in 4th grade (clarinet) Studied music at Pasadena High School (clarinet, tenor sax, guitar, banjo, bass, sousaphone) through to graduation in 1967. Played in Mackenzie Theory in Melbourne, Australia from 1971 through 1974. Diploma of Teaching (music specialist), Edith Cowan University, graduated 1986.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

The music I offer for sale here is selected from over 300 arrangements I have written for recorder ensemble between 1987 and 2013. These pieces have worked the best and have been selected as the favourites by my students and audiences alike. They are a culmination of my love or classical, jazz, fusion, rock, folk and baroque styles of music. They will lift the profile of your school's ensemble and increase your student's love of playing.

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