5th Recorder Song – “Are You Sleeping”

Fifth beginning recorder song.

  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: Traditional Round/Canon
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythmintermediate: | ti ti ti ti ta ta | ti ti ta/a |
  • Pitchesintermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La
  • Intervalsintermediate: Mi\Do, So\Mi, Do/So, Do\So, So/Do
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, quarter, eighth; multiple part singing
  • Key Words: singing in parts, 28 Language translations – Afrikaans, Albanian, Argentinean, Berber, Creole (Haitian), Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, Flemish, German, Greenlandic, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese.

Same tune as Freres Jacques.

3rd Recorder Song – “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring”

Third beginning recorder song.

  • Grade: First
  • Origin: American, US Traditional
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: Aa (matches the diminution, larger to smaller note values)
  • Rhythmintermediate: | ta ti ti ta ti ti | ta ti ti ta |
    | ti ti ti ti ri ti ti ti ti ri | ti ri ti ti ti ri ta ti |
  • Pitchesbeginners: Mi So La
  • Intervalsbeginners: So\Mi, Mi/La, Mi/So
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, eighth, sixteenth; pickup beat, diminution: the motif’s note values are shortened
  • Key Words: nursery rhyme, raining, pouring, snoring, bumped, morning, contraction: couldn’t (could not)
  • Recorderbeginners: one of the color coded Beginning Recorder Tunes
  • Keyboardbeginners: excellent three finger exercise for left, right and two hands together

2nd Recorder Song – “Star Light, Star Bright”

Second beginning recorder song.

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  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: England – Nursery Rhyme
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: ABCD – variations on line one – So\Mi
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ta ta | ta ti ti | ti ti ta | ti ti ti ti |
  • Pitchesbeginners: Mi So La
  • Intervalsbeginners: So\Mi, Mi/So, Mi/La
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, eighth; running eighth notes, beginning Orff/Kodaly interval So\Mi, introducing the submediant (sixth, La)
  • Key Words: world geography: England; evening prayer, wishing, star, light, bright, night, might, may, tonight
  • Recorderbeginners: second tune in the color coded beginning recorder songs for upper grades

1st Recorder Song – “Long-Legged Sailor”

Introducing the fermata with a challenging ‘hand jive.’

▪ Grade: Second
▪ Origin: USA – Game Chant
▪ Key: G Major
▪ Time: 4/4
▪ Form: ABAB
Rhythm: beginners: | ti ti ti ti ti ti ti ti | ta ti ti ta ti ti | ta ti ti ti ti ti ti |
Pitches: beginners: Do Re Mi
Intervals: beginners: Do/Mi, Mi\Do
▪ Musical Elements: notes: quarter, eighth; pickup beat, multiple fermatas
▪ Key Words: game song, none-sense song, sailor, meet, met, long, short, knock-kneed, bow-legged, cross-legged
▪ Recorder: beginners: grades 3-5, first Beginning Recorder Song – for setting up recorder center/station and teaching the first recorder song see: Lesson Plan
▪ Keyboard: beginners: excellent three finger exercise for left, right, and two hands at once