Teaching Recorder in the Music Classroom

                     Published by MENC:     

(The National Assocation for Music Education )     


A practical 119 page text, with a major chapter on  using the Recorder in the  Orff  Classroom  by Konnie Saliba, nationally and internationally known Orff clinician. Musical examples and songs of  a multicultural nature are included, as are exercises and techniques for working with the Orff approach. 

    This book is developed as a quickly accessible "guide to use" that provides  the busy teacher, in an interesting and highly readable manner,   with aspects of recorder playing /teaching that are not covered in presently available methods. A few of the myriad  topics include:      There exists a tremendous  opportunity for recorder ensemble playing  in the classroom because of availability and  low cost of ensemble  instruments. Lists of quality  arrangements and methods for referral are included. The  fingering charts are one of the most complete and  best in the world, and are provided by Aulos and internationally known  Dolmetsch Recorder Workshops in England.  We are fortunate in having practical suggestions in this book from many elementary and middle school teachers who are presently using recorder in their classrooms. 

Availability:Order through: MENC at 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Reston VA 20191. Telephone orders: 800-828-0229.  Price: $12.00- members, 
$15.00-non members

 Fred Kersten's articles  on Recorder have been featured in American Recorder  Teaching Music, PMEAnews , and General Music Today. His  study of recorder has been at Indiana University and Long Island Recorder Festival. He has Orff training  and is a veteran of many years of successful public school K-12 vocal music teaching.  He wrote this practical book based on many years of teaching recorder to children and college students with an intense desire to help music teachers raise the quality of teaching and performance of recorder in the public schools.     

    Fred will be happy to answer questions via email about the book, or provide any recorder information that would be helpful for teaching your students. His web page is devoted to the recorder. Stop by and visit!