The recorder is a powerful tool in the general music classroom and one of the most effective ways to teach music reading skills to young students. Recorder is an integral part of most district music programs in the California Schools. We fully agree with the State of California Department of Education’s statement on arts programs where they answer the important question-Why Music? “Music education in California public schools enriches students’ lives, while providing challenging, engaging, personally fulfilling, and creative learning that develops lifelong creative and artistically literate individuals. Creating and performing in music enables the individual to translate in positive ways abstract feelings, ideas, and inquiries.”
Macie – A Family Tradition of Excellence
Macie is a family business founded by Ed Sueta, a professional musician, author, clinician and educator who taught for over 30 years. He dedicated his life to developing curriculum materials to ensure the success of his students and helping teachers enhance the success of their music programs. He was honored to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Music Educator’s Association (CMEA). We have greatly enjoyed exhibiting at the CMEA and CASMEC Conferences, presenting professional learning sessions at the conferences and throughout the state and most importantly, developing long standing relationships with California educators who we value not only as our customers but as our friends.
Teaching Recorder – An Aid in Inclusivity
Music is the universal subject that touches and reaches students in a way that no other subject can. In California, as well as across the United States, there is a trend to be more inclusive in bringing students into the classroom with varying abilities. The difference in abilities makes it more important than ever to use sequential recorder curriculum materials that progress in a gentle and systematic way. We believe that if recorder materials are presented to students in the right way, they will be able to achieve their maximum potential.
While the vast majority of students are able to play the recorder, some students, due to learning or physical challenges, may be unable to do so. In that instance, the Be A Recorder Star Curriculum offers both barred instrument and handheld instrument accompaniments that will enable the broadest, most inclusive participation possible.
A Little Home Practice Goes a Long Way
Music is like math, language arts, science or any other subject. If students are going to retain what they are learning in class, they need to review and absorb the material at home. We are not unrealistic and don’t expect students to practice for long periods of time but how much better will your students learn if they practice a few minutes one or two times in between classes? It can be as easy as assigning two or three songs. In order to encourage that home practice, the online version of Be A Recorder Star has 50 Play Along Accompaniments with tempo controls. Students have fun playing along and love the background support! The accompaniments also help instill a sense of time and pitch.
Sequential Pedagogy – Guarantees Student Success
Be A Recorder Star focuses on the development of music reading skills which are foundational for students’ continued musical involvement. If students develop strong music reading skills, their potential is limitless! The Play Along Accompaniments, “Follow the Bouncing Star” Rhythm Charts, diverse repertoire and Music Theory Pages all contribute to making students great young musicians. These features also lend themselves nicely to compliance with California Standards for Visual and Performing Arts as well as national standards set forth by National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and school district standards.
Why Kingsleys – The Importance of A Superior Instrument
In addition to excellent curriculum materials, students must have a superior recorder to achieve the best results. Macie manufactures Kingsley Recorders with their own proprietary mold. Kingsleys have a gentle, soft tone quality and are manufactured with ABS plastic so they are guaranteed against breakage. The fingering holes for Kingsleys are slightly closer together than most recorders so that students may more easily finger notes which results in less squeaks and squawks. Kingsleys are also resistant to overblowing.
Partnering With School Districts for Over 45 Years
If you are a California Music Teacher or VAPA Supervisor looking to establish or enhance your recorder program, Macie is here to partner with you! We encourage you to either fill out a Contact Form or better yet call us at 888 697-1333. We will send you a complimentary Kingsley Recorder and trial code for the online version of Be A Recorder Star which will enable you to review and work with the curriculum over the rest of the summer. We are happy to work with your budget and generate multiple quotes so that you can see how affordable and valuable Be A Recorder Star will be for you and your students. We are always here to help you in any way we can. We hope you will use us as a resource!