Photo: Recorders in their class bin with recorder "belts" . Use yarn to create inexpensive, bright belts.
Inclusion in the music classroom is so beneficial for students- but what to do when tasks become too complex for some of our diverse learners? Modifications and scaffolding are an integral part of ensuring that ALL students benefit from class time, and most of the time it's up to us to develop and hone these teaching tools.
Recorder can be a particularly tricky instrument to modify for given the skills required to play: hand/eye coordination, literacy, finger dexterity, breath control and internalization of the beat to name a few. Recorder requires so many skills that can sometimes be difficult for students with special needs. Here are some simple fixes that work for my room that might help these students in yours!
Problem: Students Have Trouble with Remembering Which Hand Goes On Top
Problem: Students Do Not Have Enough Finger Dexterity to Feel Holes/Completely Cover Holes.
Problem: Students Can Not Remember Finger Patterns in Real Time
Problem: Students Can Not/Will Not Control Breath
Did you try this activity in your classroom? Let us know how it went in the comments below!
Happy Music Making!
Hi-I'm Mel. I teach Music and I make stuff. If I have any really interesting ideas that I think you'd find useful, I'll post them here!