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Each student will reach a specified level of proficiency on the recorder.
Grading criteria is simple: Each student must achieve "Black Belt" status by exhibiting passing proficiency on Ode to Joy in the "Recorder Karate" handouts.
Students will be given a packet of materials at the beginning of the semester which will be known as "Recorder Karate".
In addition to classroom work with the recorder, each student will be expected to pass through several color levels by satisfactorily playing corresponding songs. These will be tested outside of DME class.
Students can come in at any time and play the songs for me.
Students passing the Black Belt song will receive an "A" (95) for recorder proficiency.
Students interested in additional points can attempt more difficult songs after the Black Belt is achieved. A total of 5 extra points may be accumulated for a grade of 100.
Students should bring their recorders with attached belts to the final exam.
Notes on Recorders
You must bring your recorder for each class period.
Put your name on your recorder.
Do not play your recorder until and unless instructed to do so. This wastes everyone's time. Offenders will be asked to remove the mouthpiece of their recorders and will lose the privilege of playing with the rest of the class.
Tune your recorder by adjusting the connection between the two sections. Do not bring a one-piece recorder.
Please keep your recorder clean. Use the included cleaning rod after use.
Students interested in additional points can attempt more difficult songs after the Black Belt is attained. (See the list below.)
Use the following link for online accompaniments to practice for your recorder level tests. You must get the password from me to access the audio files.
Recorder Karate Accompaniments
|SONGS FOR ADDITIONAL POINTS|
|2nd|| If You're Happy and You Know It ||F|
|3rd||America the Beautiful||C|
|4th||God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen||D|
|6th||Star Spangled Banner||C|
Go to SmartMusic; create an account and set up your profile
Clock "Enroll" to find your class (DME); select the class
The 9 songs are listed on the Class screen. Do them in the order of the Recorder Karate (they are listed in alphabetical order)
You must get a 90% accuracy reading to go on to the next song
Created and maintained by Vicky V. Johnson