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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.
Note: This is a proficiency. All students must pass with a score of 90 or above to pass the class.
Students will be given a packet of materials at the beginning of the semester 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. Three deadlines of 3 songs each will be indicated on the Course Outline. Each song must be passed with no rhythm or pitch errors. If a student makes an error, he/she must practice and try again another day. Waiting until the deadline day is risky.
At the end of the semester, each student who passes all 9 levels on time will receive an 'A' grade. If a student does not pass the 3 songs indicated by the specified deadline, there will be a penalty of 10 points per M-F day. The 3 deadline grades will be averaged at the end of the semester.
Students who have completed all 9 songs without mistakes are eligible to hear other students pass off songs 1-8 if played before the deadline day. Dr. Johnson will hear all students who wait until the last day and will hear all students play the last song (#9).
Notes on Recorders
You must bring your recorder for each class period.
Put your name on your recorder.
As you pass the songs, get a "belt" from the DME cart. Attach the belts to your recorder as proof of meeting the requirement.
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