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. Recorder is an integral part of most elementary music programs in the Peel District School Board schools. At Macie Publishing Company, we fully agree with the Peel District School Board’s statement about the elemental nature of arts education:
“Education in the arts is essential to students’ intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth and well-being. Participation in the arts involves intense engagement, development of motivation and confidence, and the use of creative and dynamic ways of thinking and knowing. It is well documented that the intellectual and emotional development of children is enhanced through study of the arts.”
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 numerous Peel music educators who have expressed their great disappointment at having to eliminate or greatly curtail their classroom instruction. Hopefully, the limitations on recorder instruction will be limited during this school year but recorder has a place even if playing in class is limited or even prohibited.
Macie’s Long Tradition of Service to Music Teachers in Canada
Many districts either suspended or limited their recorder programs as a result of the pandemic. Many teachers, however, are now resuming their recorder programs and even starting recorder in more than one grade. Macie Publishing Company is here to help meet that challenge by supplying recorders, sequential, student-friendly curriculum materials and teacher support in bringing recorder programs back to full strength! We are also currently offering free online workshops. It has been our honor and privilege to serve Canadian Music Educators for over 45 years.
Macie is a family business founded by Ed Sueta, who taught recorder and band for over 30 years and was an acclaimed clinician. 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. Recently, we have greatly enjoyed presenting professional development workshops that have been attended virtually by numerous teachers in your district and will continue to offer these workshops. It has also been our pleasure to supply recorders and curriculum materials to a number of Peel District Board teachers over the years.
Music is the universal subject that touches and reaches students in a way that no other subject can. In Canada, as well as across the United States, the trend is 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. The Be A Recorder Star Curriculum offers both barred instrument and handheld instrument accompaniments that will enable the broadest, most inclusive participation possible. We are seeking to further expand the inclusivity of our curriculum by including a Spanish translation which will be included as part of the online version at no additional cost. Adding a French translation is also currently being explored.
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. 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 to encourage students to practice at home. Music is like math, language arts, science or any other subject. If students are to retain what they learn 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 practice at home, 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 standards for music education.
A Superior Recorder For the Best Results
In addition to excellent curriculum materials, students must have a superior instrument 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. You can, of course, order the online curriculum without having to order recorders. We can email you the online codes.
If you are a 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 try 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!