Out of curiosity, how do you all feel about the “haha, recorder is a joke” jab from other teachers? While I enjoy a good laugh, it kind of bothers me coming from non-music teachers.

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I laugh along with them but play serious recorder music and “show them all”! We do the standard Hot Cross Buns but we also do some Ode to Joy, something from Quaver, something classical, etc. Last year we did a dinner theater production of Tikki Tikki Tembo in conjunction with the beginner and middle school band concert. It is a dinner fundraiser for our high schoolstate solo and ensemble students. They made their best profit partially attributed to the elementary addition. The public loved the integration of recorders and orff!


That’s pretty mean. My students actually love it, they can’t wait to show off their Hot Cross Buns skills! I actually didn’t care for it growing up, I preferred my piano lessons, but there’s plenty of kids who love it recorder. But to answer your question, disrespectful non-music people are the main reason I am planning on quitting. I’m part of this team, you jerks, not some babysitter so you can rest your weary bones, and the instruments I choose for instruction are not a joke. And neither is music education.


I am grateful that I don’t get that kind of response. I get the “I don’t know how you can stand it.” Comments, but I have very supportive teachers for the music program. My students also love to start in 3rd grade, some are not as enthusiastic during 4th and 5th grades, but most are.
If I was to get a comment like that, I would remind that teacher that I am teaching reading skills, a foreign language, and math skills to all of my students when I am teaching music.


Anyone concerned that their recorder program is going to be “banned” in the future because of what’s going on now with this virus?

I ask this because I store student recorders on spindle platforms where they sit about 2 inches apart from each other. They did not come with cases.

My routine has always been to spray them with mouthpiece disinfectant shortly before and right after the kids used them. I brought them home at the end of every marking period and ran them through my dishwasher. Just like band instruments, the recorders are reused each year.
Never had any problems with or found students questioning their recorders cleanliness, but after this virus, I imagine they will.

So it will be interesting to see what changes we’ll see regarding recorder sanitation and storage and any impact that has on recorder instruction.

I hear your concern. In my program we provide a recorder that comes in a case to every student and offer them the option to buy theirs at $4 each. Each year, I have several students who bring in sibling’s previously purchased recorders, and sell about half to three quarters of the recorders to students. If they don’t buy them, I store them in a grade level box over summer and hand them back in the fall. It means keeping a list of numbers and names in each box. As we use them for three years, this works out well. I always keep a few clean ones for kids who forget them at home. And I wash a bunch in the dishwasher every summer. But, there are always kids who lose their cases and I have never been overly concerned. But this week, I told everyone who lost their cases that they need to provide a gallon size baggie to keep them in from here on.
As I sent packets home reminding everyone to practice while we are off, I encouraged everyone to wash their recorders.


Ignore their stupid remarks and go ahead with your plans. The recorder is lovely and kids need music! Good for you for making it happen.
Are you going to teach the recorder in live in-person sessions or on zoom?

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