Recorder For Beginners (Descant/Soprano)

Described by the American Recorder as the most ‘played instrument in the world’, the recorder is inexpensive, compact, quiet and allows you to play melodies in many musical styles as well as be part of a larger musical group. If you’re interested in learning to ‘make music’ with other like-minded class members then this could be the instrument for you! Please bring your own descant/soprano recorder – available from any reputable music store for approx. $10 to $15.


  • A brief history of the recorder and its' use in various styles of music (including musical examples)
  • Types of recorders and their role in an ensemble
  • How to put the recorder together and the ‘basics’ of how to produce a musical sound on the instrument e.g. correct air pressure etc.
  • Introduction of the notes G, A, B and their relevant fingering. Class members will learn pieces that use these notes (Please note: basic musical notation will also be addressed as is appropriate to the pieces being learnt)
  • Achieving correct articulation through the use of tonging and slurring as well as enhancing musical performance through the use of appropriate phrasing.
  • Extension of notes to include all notes of the C major scale (C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C.)
  • The use of appropriate solo and ensemble repertoire to consolidate the use of these notes and to reinforce basic music notation

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Correctly assemble the recorder
  • Produce a musical sound on the recorder and display proficiency in using basic articulation
  • Play the notes of the C major scale
  • Read basic music notation as required in set pieces
  • Play melodies in a variety of styles
  • Perform as part of a simple recorder ensemble

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.