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Playing the Soprano Recorder

For Church, School, Community, and the Private Studio (Without Piano Accompaniments), Classroom Edition

Lois Veenhoven Guderian

Written for general music classes, group and private instruction, and self-learners, Playing the Soprano Recorder provides teachers and students with a sequential and musical approach to learning Western music notation and soprano recorder playing. In addition, each lesson provides opportunities to apply, in creative ways, the notation and concepts they learn and also to support the development of creative thinking and the tools needed for composing music in Western notation.

This classroom text can be used successfully in multiple and varied settings of teaching and learning, making collaborations between teachers in school, church, private, after school enrichment, and outreach programs easy. Usage is flexible; as excellent as a college text in teacher preparation and adult general music classes as in third - eighth grade classes due to the "go to your own pace" comprehensive instructional format of the book. Performance of the beautiful ensemble pieces is a natural and desired outcome of "players" learning.
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R&L Education / National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
Pages: 162Size: 9 x 11
978-1-57886-830-8 • Paperback • July 2008 • $35.00 • (£23.95)
Lois Veenhoven Guderian is active as a music educator, composer, choral director, clinician, music education researcher, consultant and performer. Currently at Northwestern University, Lois has taught general, choral, instrumental and private music instruction levels pre-K through university, and continues to create texts, curricula, music and special programs for schools, churches, and communities.
Chapter 1 Technique and Fingering
Chapter 2 Music Lesson
Chapter 3 Lesson Pieces
Chapter 4 Creative Corner
Chapter 5 Theory and Terms
Chapter 6 Assignment
I am happy to say that Playing the Soprano Recorder has become our recorder book of choice for our music educators and Sunday School teachers throughout the USA. The musical methods, activities and music created by [the author] have led to wonderful developments in our recorder ensembles and the constant building of our music culture.
Richard A. Freund, director, Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, University of Hartford

This excellent method includes extensive introductory comments that I strongly recommend every teacher read. They set a tone for teaching in general, and for teaching the recorder specifically, that I find attractive and helpful…. I thank the author for her careful and thoughtful addition to the literature. I like the way it is presented in a very manageable and visibly pleasing format, with enough space on each page to separate between sections. I love the inclusion of a creative activity with each lesson. It is clear to me that Guderian is an experienced and gifted music specialist; she knows how to encourage and inspire her students.
American Recorder