Supplementing lessons with fun games and activities will maximize learning and optimize student interest. The songs in the Be A Recorder Star Method Book present many such opportunities. Here is one example: Fun with Improvisation based on “Songbird” (Page 25, Line 2). Try this with your students!
“Songbird” is a very beautiful eight measure tune written in E Minor Pentatonic mode. The melody reinforces the techniques introduced up to Page 25 emphasizing articulation and use of the right hand with Low ‘E’ and ‘D.’ Once students master the techniques, they are ready to include use of Orff instruments with the melody. (Most songs in the Be A Recorder Star Method Book have an accompanying Orff Orchestration.)