Looking for recorder resources for beginning or intermediate students (pitches B-A-G-E,-D,)?  Here are some resources I've used in my own classroom (these links take you to blog posts so that the resources are explained).  Many resources are free or cheaply priced.

Don't feel like downloading everything individually?  Check out my Recorder Mega Set which has everything you need for teaching beginning recorder players.

B-A-G Recorder Resources/Lessons
B-A-G Recorder Patterns (to project, print, and play)
B-A-G Recorder Songs PowerPoints
Old Ark's a Moverin'
Nabe, Nabe (Japanese - fun!)
B-A-G Recorder Chicken Game

B-A-G-E,-D, Recorder Resources/Lessons
B-A-G-E,-D, Recorder Songs PowerPoints
Old Mr. Rabbit
See the Rabbit Running
Rabbit Race 
Train is A-Comin'
Land of the Silver Birch/Canoe Song - great for adding a lesson about improvisation
Low La Mega Set  - This set I great for 3rd graders who are working not only on the recorder, but on the pitch Low La.  Simply add the pitch "E" to the known pitches "B-A-G" and you have a whole new unit to use.  It is a great way to make sure they are still singing, reading, composing, and improvising while still keeping a large focus on the recorder.
Kreely Kranky

Recorder Games and Activities
B-A-G Recorder Tent Game
B-A-G Fly Swat Matching Game
Recorder Dice Game - B-A-G
Recorder Dice Game - B-A-G-E
Recorder Folder Games
Recorder Fingerings Game

B-A-G-E Recorder Folder Game

Resources for Teachers
Recorder Fingerings Posters 
12 Recorder Songs (printable)
Recorder Group Jobs
Recorder Bulletin Board Idea
Recorder Worksheets

Seasonal Recorder Resources
Candy Hearts Recorder Activity
Two African American Songs (advanced)
St. Patrick's Day Recorder Activity
Easter-Themed B-A-G Recorder Game

CHECK BACK FOR MORE ADVANCED RECORDER MUSIC!  As I start my 3rd year at my current school, my kiddos are ready for more recorder challenges.  Soon, I'll be adding more songs with F,F#, C' and D' as well as tips and music for recorder ensembles (Sopranino, Soprano, Alto - hopefully Tenor soon ;) )


  1. Emily, thank you for creating such wonderful products for the music classroom! I have a question regarding recorders: I want to start a recorder program for my 4th-5th graders this year, but I'm having a hard time figuring the way to plan the curriculum schedule. In nearly all the literature I've read, it recommends alternating lessons between a mostly singing/moving lesson and a playing lesson...But that's if you meet with your students THREE times a week. (Yeah, right. What music teacher in a public school actually has that schedule?!) My students come to me once a week for 55 minutes. I want them to learn recorder, but I also want them to continue singing, moving, and listening. So should I just alternate my regular prepare/present/practice lessons with recorder lessons or integrate recorder into my lesson every week? Thoughts?

  2. One more question: This might be a stupid question, but is it essential that my students have music stands? I only get $230 (yes, you read that right, $230!) a year to spend on my classroom, so purchasing music stands would take up a large portion of my budget. Since your products are PowerPoints, do your students just use the board to read music or do you also use books? (I was thinking of using Recorder Karate too.) If I need to purchase the stands I will. I was just wondering if they were absolutely necessary.

  3. Hi Ann Marie (what a beautiful name),

    I think that you can easily fit recorder into your current lessons.

    Check out "Nabe, Nabe" (free download above). That lesson incorporates rhythm reading, solfa reading/singing, movement, and instruments (including recorder and other orff instruments). It can give you an idea of how to structure your lessons.

    Yes, I use Recorder Karate, but in the structure only (white - black belt). The music in the original Recorder Karate progresses too fast in my opinion. For the first year (3rd grade for me) we focus on only B-A-G (and sometimes E) songs. For 4th grade, we add low E and D (and sometimes F#, C, and high D). By 5th grade, most students will know D-E-F#-G-A-B-C-D. I choose repertoire based on student skill/grade level and have them progress through that (so, for example, in 3rd grade white through black belts only use the pitches B-A-G).

    My students do not use music stands unless we are doing a small ensemble performance or they are performing directly for me (when I assess them and let them know if they did well enough to progress to the next belt). Otherwise, the students practice their music on the floor (not ideal, but it is what it is).

    All of the PowerPoints have accompanying print-outs that I send home (students get ONE copy of ALL the songs to practice at home) and I also keep a class set in the music room (to be used by the students during class). If you click on "12 Recorder Songs," you'll see what I use. It is very sequential so the students can basically teach the music themselves (I use the PowerPoints to check for teach when needed, to check for understanding and for group-playing time).

    Hopefully that helps ;)

  4. Emily,
    Thank you so much for your detailed response! This info will help me tremendously in planning my lessons for this school year. And by the way, your Recorder Mega Set is in my TpT cart right now. :) Thanks again!