The ultimate measure of any recorder curriculum is the success of your students. As a young teacher, Ed Sueta believed that there had to be a better and more effective way to teach his students. Ed dedicated his life to creating curriculums which sequentially present materials to young students in a way that ensures their success.
SEQUENCING AND STUDENT SUCCESS
Students must simultaneously process information and translate the information into physical action. The demands of this process can make learning the recorder and other musical instruments a challenge. Ed’s curriculums address this challenge by sequentially and systematically introducing, applying and reinforcing new notes, concepts and rhythms in a way that facilitates learning and encourages retention.
Ed was always fond of saying, “I didn’t write the books. My students wrote the books.” He spent thousands of hours in class and with private students determining whether the materials he had created worked in practice. Something could be good in theory but if it didn’t work with his students, Ed wouldn’t use it.
THE JOY OF MUSIC
There is one more element to the underlying philosophy of Ed’s curriculum materials. “If you are not having fun, you are not doing it right.” Music should be a source of joy. That does not mean that developing musicianship is without challenges or that it does not require hard work. Students must apply themselves and make a strong effort if they wish to succeed. However, the journey should be an enjoyable one and students should have fun as they learn.
Ed created his curriculums in a way that motivate and engage students. This effort is particularly apparent in the online, interactive version of Be A Recorder Star. The pride and satisfaction students derive from learning to play the recorder inspires their continued musical involvement. Their continued involvement with music will be a source of enjoyment throughout their lives!