Made Easy for Recorder
The newest edition of this is now published
in the USA by Santorella Music
are the finest collections I have seen on the subject and
I recommend them without hesitation."
Maurice Hinson. Senior Professor of Music, Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary, Kentucky USA
The Playing Made Easy for Recorder Method Book (also
released as 'How to Play the Recorder) " is based on Ms
Brandman's belief that one can develop a speed-reading approach
by focusing on the interval movement rather than the traditional
note-naming system. (Those of us that play transposing instruments,
such as clarinet, would agree with this, as it is a recognised
approach to transposition.) The book starts with care of
the recorder, breathing and breath marks (a good idea so
early on), and tonguing (using the head joint) before tackling
notation and theory. It introduces theoretical concepts
with a practical approach, using aural, visual and tactile
methods to teach notation. Both American and British naming
is used (e.g. quarter-note and crotchet) - I find American
terminology very helpful in explaining time signatures and
relative note values. Questions are interspersed to reinforce
learning. I feel it is a brilliantly thorough and
inspired book, very visual and practical, with an excellent
McMurtry - Australian Society for Music Education
- Margaret Brandman's teaching concepts - connecting the aural, visual and tactile aspects of music
- Catherine Weaver's practical instrumental teaching expertise and melodic phrasing concepts.
- accelerated learning techniques including colour, for thorough understanding of rhythm, pitch, keys and chords.
- A variety of songs, duets and rounds
- an easy and fun approach so that students quickly become proficient in playing the recorder, while at the same time building solid musical understanding.