The children of Cuba attend official state schools where there is no music in the elementary curriculum. The best opportunity that children have to learn music is either through non-state conservatories fashioned after the Russian model or through evangelical churches. Continue reading
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.)
PledgeCents and Macie Publishing Company partner to increase access to high quality resources for music classrooms across the country.
The partnership brings access to Macie Publishing Company's Recorder Curriculum and Kingsley Recorders through the PledgeCents Marketplace.
Philadelphia, PA – September 27, 2017 – Music shapes and influences young lives in a way that no other subject matter can. PledgeCents’ newest partner, Macie Publishing Company, is dedicated to providing teachers and students with high quality recorders and music curriculum materials which make learning music engaging and enjoyable. A variety of Macie Publishing resources including Kingsley Recorders and a new interactive, online recorder program are now available through the PledgeCents Marketplace. The partnership enables teachers, PTAs and music support groups to gain access to these products through the PledgeCents fundraising platform.
“The music classroom is a place where students are able to express themselves while engaging in a subject that has so many lifelong benefits,” said Andyshea Saberioon, CEO and co-founder of PledgeCents. Founded by Ed Sueta, “Macie Publishing Company has a 43 year history of creating a classroom experience where learning a new instrument is an enjoyable experience for young students. We are excited to join Macie in ensuring that teachers are able to provide their students with high quality recorders and music resources.” Continue reading
Over the years, I have had the pleasure of visiting with thousands of recorder teachers by exhibiting at hundreds of music conferences and attending dozens of sessions presented by my Dad and our clinicians. If I had to pick one challenge that seems almost universal for every recorder teacher, it would be having students keep the Left Hand On The Top!
There is no absolute foolproof method to ensure proper hand position especially since students are sometimes confused with right and left. However, we have a number of ideas that have met with great success. We provide an adhesive coin with every recorder ordered which is fuzzy on one side and has a strong adhesive on the back to mark right thumb position. I advise avoiding the adhesive coins with the rough surface. As we learned when we first started, those coins can be a little rough on student fingers and can also stick to sweaters and other clothing. Continue reading
The concept of digital content can be pretty daunting particularly because it is so all encompassing. Just about everyone is involved with some form of digital content if they access the internet or download music. Digital content is important because students have been raised in a digital era and are used to interacting with material in digital mediums. The increasing use of whiteboards and one-to-one devices such as iPads and Chromebooks offer an added dimension.
As a music publisher, several years ago we were trying to figure out the best way for us to enter the digital arena. When we asked teachers about their interest in digital content, the interest was tremendous although some teachers had reservations about their technological proficiency. Continue reading
We are excited to use the site as a means to stay in contact with you. Our highest priority is our customers and future customers. Our new website will be a great tool to better serve you.
The website, in conjunction with the launch of the interactive, online version of Be A Recorder Star, ushers in a digital new era. The Blog will serve as a forum for an exchange of ideas, tips and suggestions. We will cover a variety of topics including successful teaching techniques and specific suggestions for utilizing the curriculum materials. The traditional goals have remained the same-developing great music reading skills and musicianship in your students. Continue reading