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Teaching Recorder in Texas Schools

 The recorder is a powerful instrument in the general music classroom and one of the most effective ways to teach music reading skills to young students.  The recorder is an integral part of most district music programs in the Texas schools.  We fully agree with the TMEA’s statement on the elemental nature of music:


“Across cultures, generations, languages, and beliefs, music shapes our lives and creates endless possibilities to connect with others.  Music broadens our horizons as human beings and allows us to explore new ideas, to fail, and then to try again.  Music education stimulates, challenges, and enriches.  It is a catalyst for personal growth – in academic performance, self-confidence and self-esteem, multicultural respect, social engagement, cognitive development, problem solving, and critical thinking.


Every child deserves the opportunity to explore this most elemental aspect of human existence. Every child benefits when they can make music part of their school day.”

TMEA – Over 100 Years of Support

We received the following  information from TMEA about an exciting grant program:

“The TMEA Executive Board has elected to conduct the Elementary Music Instructional Support Program to support elementary school music programs throughout the state. The Board approved up to $800,000 in funding for this grant and has directed the TMEA staff to administer the program this fall to allow TMEA member elementary music teachers (grades PreK – 5) to purchase music, music equipment, instruments, instructional software, and other music educational materials. More details will be posted on the TMEA website – www.tmea.org/elementarygrant.  Once a grant is approved and the teacher receives their full order, TMEA will pay the vendor the amount up to $800.00. If a campus order is for more than $800.00 the remaining balance must be billed directly from the company to the school.”

Macie is a proud participant in this program, offering special discounts to applicants and is happy to provide the required quote.  The grant application period begins on September 15, 2021 and ends on November 1, 2021 at 4:30 pm.

The value of music programs and the important role of recorder have been highlighted by the events of this past school year.  In many cases, recorder instruction was greatly missed and left a void.  We have been contacted by some Texas music educators who have expressed their great disappointment at having to curtail their recorder instruction.  Thankfully, the upcoming school year will provide the opportunity for an uninterrupted year of recorder and available funds from TMEA and the federal government through programs like ESSER will provide invaluable budget assistance.

Macie’s Long Tradition of Service to Music Teachers in Texas

Some teachers will be resuming their recorder programs or even starting recorder simultaneously in more than one grade.  Macie Publishing Company is here to help meet your challenges by supplying recorders, sequential, student-friendly curriculum materials and teacher support in bringing recorder programs back to full strength!  It has been our honor and privilege to serve Texas Music Educators for over 40 years.

Macie is a family business founded by Ed Sueta who taught recorder and band 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.  Texas has an unparalleled musical heritage and has a special place in Macie’s history because the Texas State Adoption of the Ed Sueta Band Method helped establish and propel the company.  We have greatly enjoyed exhibiting at the TMEA Conference, presenting professional development sessions and workshops at the conference each year and throughout the state and most importantly, developing long standing relationships with Texas Music Educators who we value not only as our customers but as our friends.

Music Is Everyone

Music is the universal subject that touches and reaches students in a way that no other subject can.  In Texas, 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. In order to enhance recorder instruction in ESL and dual language settings the online version of Be A Recorder Star will  soon include a Spanish translation option at no additional charge.

The Benefit of Having Both an In-Person and Online Recorder Curriculum

The past year has taught us that things can change dramatically in an instant.  The Be A Recorder Star Curriculum is effective both in person and remotely and will enable recorder instruction to continue regardless of the circumstances.  Even if students are in class but playing becomes limited, content may be learned and reviewed and playing may be done at home.  In fact, the online version of the curriculum was developed well before the pandemic in part in an effort to get students to practice at home.  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.  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.

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 TEKS as well as national and school district standards.

A Superior Recorder For the Best Results

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.

If you are a Texas music teacher or music 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.  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!

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