Recorders don’t get the respect that other instruments do. You don’t see them in symphony orchestras, you don’t find albums of recorder music, and you rarely see anyone over the age of ten playing one (unless they are a music teacher). But recorders play an important role in many kids’ music education. For most students, it’s the first time they’ve played any type of musical instrument. That’s a pretty exciting event! (If you don’t think so, then you’ve never tried to tell a classroom full of elementary students holding recorders not to play them.)
As you guide your students through this momentous musical experience, it’s important that you have well-designed beginner recorder sheet music to use. Students love to be able to play songs they know, so familiar tunes are a good place to start. You also need to make sure that notes are introduced gradually so that novice recorder players aren’t overwhelmed. Starting with three-note recorder music allows students to play a few recognizable songs while mastering their first few notes. Expanding to four and five note songs keeps them progressing at a comfortable pace while broadening the selection of songs they can play.
The recorder sheet music below is designed to create just such a progression. Well-known songs are arranged for beginners in three-note, four-note, and five-note recorder sheet music. All are instantly accessible digital downloads that you can add to your beginner recorder music collection immediately. And, best of all, you won’t pay a cent, because all of this beginning recorder sheet music is free.
Introduction to the Recorder (3 Exercises)
Au Clair de la Lune for Recorder Solo (Three Note Song)
Hot Cross Buns for Recorder Solo (Three Note Song)
How I Love My Horsy for Recorder Solo (Four Note Song)
Jingle Bells for Recorder Solo (Five Note Song)
Ode to Joy for Recorder Solo (Five Note Song)
Old MacDonald for Recorder Solo (Five Note Song)
When the Saints Go Marching In for Recorder Solo (Five Note Song)
Many of the above pieces are accompanied by easy-to-follow recorder video tutorials. If you are teaching outside the classroom and aren’t a recorder expert, let MakingMusicFun’s recorder instructional videos help.
Recorders may not be glamorous, but they can teach important skills, get kids excited about music, and allow them to experience the magic of making their own music. Make sure you give them the best experience possible by providing a variety of recorder sheet music that empowers them to be successful in their first attempt at instrumental music.
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