My Solfa Recorder Book

My Solfa Recorder Book part 1 (Celia Waterhouse) £10.00 Add to basket

A recorder tutor book for beginners incorporating musicianship training with an aural-vocal approach.
Celia Waterhouse, pub 2008 Waterhouse Music Publications

Review
Chris Orton
The principles of Zoltán Kodály regarding the teaching of music to children have been a core basis upon which I have built my teaching practice, along with Dalcrozian concepts of movement and feeling gesture, pulse and rhythm. I have found that these ideas have enhanced greatly my teaching within a whole class instrumental lesson, and so many of the problems that teachers of all instruments complain of, particularly within aural examinations, are much less apparent within children who have experienced a thorough grounding in Kodaly and Dalcroze, as part of their musical education. Here, as far as I am aware for the first time, we have a recorder tutor/workbook designed for small group lessons which can also be used as a source for whole class teaching, which is built upon Kodaly principles. (String teachers will know of Sheila Nelson’s ‘Essential Strings’ series, which also uses Kodaly).
The book has been designed to be used with year 2/3 children who have no previous experience of Kodaly, but also is suitable for older children and those who do have familiarity with the process. The Kodaly principles are not primarily an instrumental method, but it is highly effective when used to underpin instrumental lessons. The book therefore follows the same principle of introducing the tone set So-Mi, and uses the notes C and A on the descant recorder. Having tried this idea in my own teaching, I have found that children have found it no harder to start with these notes than, say, B, and almost immediately introduces them to melody, and relating vocal work to instrumental pitch. The book is colourful and is designed to be written on and in, with questions and activities which give variety to the more traditional note reading and playing. The use of tuned and un-tuned percussion is also integrated into the book, which gives the opportunity for differentiation and for inclusion for children in the class for whom the recorder is not a physical practicality. For me, this is one of the first books I have found that educates the whole musician, using the recorder, and is in my mind a valuable resource for any specialist or non-specialist teacher of recorder.

Chris Orton
Chris Orton is developing an international career as one of the leading performers and teachers of the recorder. Chris has developed a reputation as an inspiring teacher and workshop leader. He teaches recorder and chamber music at Chethams School of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and for Manchester Music Service. For more information visit www.chrisorton.com

My Solfa Recorder Book part 1 (Celia Waterhouse) £10.00 Add to basket