UK Recorder Tutor Books 1930-2015

Alison E. Cannon

authordatetitleplace of publicationpublisherillustrations / presentationintended audienceorder of first ten notessize of staves at start in mmno. of 3-note tunes / exercisesmusic notation (pitch)approach to rhythmtonguing and articulationtype of music at startsupplementary materialadditional notes 
da Silva, Lisete2015How to Play the RecorderLondonDorling KindersleyLots of colour in backgrounds and highlighting new notes. Photographs of boys and girls playing Mollenhauer recorders!from 7 to 10 yearsB A G C' D' E D F# C F1117New note's letter name written above, and note in a different colour. Extensive introduction includes overview of stave.Practise clapping the beat - including quaver beats for 3/8 time from the (start by saying the word teddy). Slurs and staccato after D'very variedLots of good ideas clearly explained, obviously gleaned from the author's 20 years teaching experience, e.g. step-by-step guide to how to hold the recorder, involving starting with right hand fingers, then taking them all off except little finger (which remains for support). US and UK editions published in parallel; also e-book edition.
Ward, Heather2015Blown AwayBathBrown Dog Bookscolour pictures on every pagePrimary school children - whole classes, small groups and individuals. Written to appeal to boys as well as girlsB A G E D F C' D' (Book 2:) C F#108New notes introduced with words based around that letter.All words have words - read the words of the rhyme, as they will help you to play the notes at the right time.tu, gently.original compositions, but generally longer than in many books - e.g. the third piece is 24 bars longbook 2. CD accompanimentsSuggests if your right hand little finger is too short to reach the lowest hole, just use fingers 1 and 3 of your right hand. Fingering diagrams are upside-down which is the way a recorder looks to someone who is playing it.
Gregory, Thomas2014Vamoosh Recorder Book 1Vamoosh MusicA5R size book. Black and white, lots of funky fonts for titles. Pictures with fingerings only.Individuals and groupsB A G C' D' E D F#1010Chart in inside cover with American time values and English in brackets. Syncopation in tune 5!doo. Staccato after D'mainly original compositions in funky stylesPiano accompt book and CD accompts. Teachers' CD-Rom now superceded by an App: videos of fingering and music with dot indicating which note to play. Subsequent books.Includes movements like tapping foot or taking side steps in the rests.
Watts, Sarah2013Ready, Steady, RecorderStowmarketKevin Mayhewfull colour (with red curtains down the side of every page)Children aged 6+B A G E D C' D' F# C' F822The words of the piece often allude to the letter names, espcially when a new note is introduced.Most tunes have words (which often describe the teaching point of that tune)du. Staccato after C' and slurs with F#original compositionswebsite; accompanying CD (with a fanfare every time a new note is learnt); classroom pack with charts, stickers, etc.
Parker, Ben2013My First RecorderLondonKyle Craig Publishingblack and white illustrationskids of all agesB A G E D C' D'1011Notes on full stave presented in introductionAmerican time names used, with English as this is also known as…ter. Slurs with D, staccato after C'original compositionspull-out wall chart to help with practiceA shame that the picture of the girl on the cover has been printed in mirror image on the title page so her hands are the wrong way round.
Adams, Sally2012I Love RecorderBuckinghamQueen's Temple PublicationsNo pictures; fairly muddly layoutClassroom or individual useB A G C' D' E D F#840Count the pulse; lots of practice with crotchets, semibreves and semibreve rests at the start.Doo. Staccato De after C'; slurs after E.Mainly original compositionsCD with pdf of piano accompaniments as well as sound tracks. Book 2 also available. Downloadable teaching notes.Based on simultaneous learning techniques developed by Paul Harris - encourages explorations of musical skills and practice of key points before playing pieces.
Lines, Emma2010Recorder RoundaboutManchesterForsyth Brothers Ltd.A few small black and white picturesschool classesB A G E F# D Bb F C' D'811crotchets, minims and semibreves taught off stave the starttu; slurs before C', staccato before Coriginal compositionsAims to get complete beginners up to about Grade 3 standard in a year. Includes regular theory tests.
Cox, Heather & Rickard, Garth2009Sing Clap and Play the Recorder (New Colour Edition)LondonMacmillan EducationFull colour7 - 11 yearsB A G E D C' D' F#922middle line of stave darker until lesson 6 (BAG)Words to the tunes initially. Walking rhythms (4/4) and Skipping rhythms (6/8)doo. Slurs introduced after first three notes.Mostly original compositions with popular tunes for concert piecesSupplementary books including duets and carols
Cawkwell, Roger2009My First Recorder MusicLondonFlame Tree PublishingAll music printed on a pale yellow background. Photos of posture at start. Lots of text.young players and other beginnersB A G C' D' F# E D Bb F79count crotchet beats. Lots of new rhythms introduced while still on five notes.too or taa - start with your tongue pulling back from just behind your upper teeth, staccato after D', slurs after DVery big range of styles from a range of sources.The second half of the books (titled Songbook) has a lot of repertoire pieces all with guitar chords.384 pages! Very thorough but clearly explained.
Waterhouse, Celia2008My Solfa Recorder BookCambridgeWaterhouse Music Publicationssmall coloured pictures6-7 yearsC' A D' G B E Dn/a32solfa with hand signals - different keys are called different positions. Although stave notation is introduced, the notes are never given letter names.words, with heart beats for the pulse; french rhythm syllables as per the Kodály approachwhisper DOO DOO DOO gentlynursery rhytmes and jinglesFor use within Kodaly methodolgy
Sebba, Jane & Moses, David2008Recorder Magic InteractiveLondonA&C BlackThis is a CD-Rom. It is beautifullly presented with colour pictures that don't detract from the music.whole class, group or individual teachingB A G E C' (book 2:) D' D F# (book 3:) C#' E'n/a23first two notes off stave and in different colours. CD-Rom has option to have letter names under the notes.initially crotchets and pairs of quavers in separate boxes. CD-Rom has metronome beat, moving highlighter and variable playback speed.doo. Staccato after D' and slurs after D in book twomostly original compositionsCD-Rom contains excellent games and starters for improvisation based on each piece, as well as extensive teachers' notes.This is an outstanding resource which deserves to be more widely known. While the cost includes the site licence for unlimited use at any one school I suspect at just under £50 this has detered many potential users, not least private teachers for whom this does contain many useful features and could add a whole new dimension to their teaching.
Evry, Philip2007Aulos Descant Recorder TutorLondonFaber musicno pictures, limited text; los of musicpupils in Key Stages 1,2 and 3 (i.e. aged 4-14)B A G C' D' D E F#836count the beatst ; slurs before Etraditional melodiesDespite calling itself Book 1, there is no book 2.
Phillips, Sarah2005Play it: recorderHertsMake Believe Ideasbrightly coloured pages5+B A G C' D' C D E F F#81letter names of all notes of treble clef shown at starttime values explained in one page at the startdonursery rhytmes and folk songs: 20 fun tunesSold with a multi-coloured recorder. The note F natural is shown on the stave with a sharp in the key signature!
Watts, Sarah2004Red Hot Recorder TutorStowmarketKevin MayhewColoured titles; no pictures; lots of music per pageB A G E D F# C' D' C#' F732Count the beats.d or do; slurs after C'original compositionsTeacher's book' accompanying CD; Recorder song book; heavily linked to Razzamajazz books
Pitts, John2004Recorder from the Beginning (New Full Colour Edition)EJA Publicationscoloured pictures on each opening7-11 yearsB A G E D C' (book 2:) D' F# E' C#'1514most early tunes have wordstu; slurs and staccato ('tut') after D.Mostly original compositions3 levels of pupil book plus treble book; teacher's books for all levels; whole range of supplementary material eg books of music in a specific style.Designed to be repertoire books with minimal instruction.
Coulthard, Emma2004Recorder WizardLondonChester musicBrightly coloured strip cartoons throughoutIdeal for beginners with no previous musical experience; school classesB A G E D (book 2:)811Count the beats; also many tunes have wordsdoo; slurs and staccato (tut) after E.mainly original compositionsTeacher's book; accompanying CD; Christmas book; Recital Book.Based around continuous story (about Johnny and Sophie) presented in comic strip. Teachers' books have ideas for class percussion / performances, and also links to KS2 National curriculum.
Wedgwood, Pam2003Recorder WorldLondonFaber Musicsmall line drawings; each book comes with reward stickersB A G C' D' E (book 2:) F# D Bb F926Some clapping exercises with beats written in.doo. Slurs after C', staccato ('tut') with D'.original compositions with some popular tunesTeacher's book; accompanying CD; Christmas book.The first tune using B flats also uses F - which is only taught in the following lesson!
Henry, Simon2003Play recorder! A first book for beginners of all agesLondonBrown Reference GroupLots of very clear instruction in tiny blue writing. No pictures but blue and orange headings.ages 5 - 65!B A G C' D' F E D F# E'77All notes on stave presented at the startEmphasis on a regular pulse; clap rhythm before starting, counting beats out loud. Then count beats in your head or tap your foot.too, but with the t half way to a d. Staccato tut with low E. Slurs (whole phrases) at end of book described as legato playing.Original compositions and well-known tunesVery clear introduction to music reading, but more accessible to the upper age group than 5 year olds. Very small blue text.
no author given2002Fun Kit, Learn to Play the RecorderWoodbridgeTop That! Publishing (Also published by Sainsbury's with different cover)coloured pages and illustrations with white boxes for the musicAges 5 - 7B A G E D F F# C E' D'142Always clap, and count, through the tunes before you play - although this advice is only given a few pages before the end of the book!to. Slurs in the second tune.folk songs and nursery rhymesPart of a kit - supplied with a recorder. Reprinted with a different cover for Sainsbury's in 2004.Some bizarre features. E.g.: C' is the last (11th) note in the book. The only dynamics are pp play very softly and ff play very loudly, which are given as top tips - but no dynamic markings occur in any of the pieces. Breath marks are shown with a comma in the second piece, but in the third and subsequent piece with ticks - both have top tip boxes drawing attention to them. Although C' is taught as the 8th note, there are no pieces containing C' in the entire book.
Lowe, Peter2002How to play the Recorder - a fun guide to learning and playingBathParragoncoloured cartoons and photos (always of the same two young girls - perhaps the author's children?)complete beginners - adults as well as children B A G E D C' D' F# 5 12 ALL the tunes have ALL the letter names of the notes written above them. Crotchet beats written in words under many of the tunes (eg one-two three & four)ta or tu. Staccato = tut after C'. 4-quaver slur introduced for one tune after D.Nursery rhymes and a few folk songs.noneUnfortunately all the cartoons show sharacters playing the recorders with puffed cheeks.
Breeze, Nick & Edwards, Mary & Mainard, Nigel2002Recorders in ClassMilton KeynesYamaha-Kemblea few photocopiable (therefore balck and white) sheets for pupilswhole classes of lower Key Stage 2A G E D B C'87some repetitive exercises to aid note learningMainly aural approach, copying from CDdoooriginal compositions in a range of stylesCD plus photocopiable flashcards and ideas for class percussion. Website (no longer extant)Contains six units of work each lasting half a term for classroom teachers to deliver as class music lessons, covering the National Curriculum 2000 syllabus. This is essentially an aural method with the CD playing a prominent role.
Watts, Sarah2001Razzamajazz RecorderStowmarketKevin Mayhewjust music, with fingering for each note introduced with a diagramB A G C' D' (book 2:) E D F Bb F#710The recorder part rhythms do start very simply, with the jazziness provided in the accompaniment.original compositionsaccompaniment books and CDs; 2 further booksExplicitly not intended as a tutor book although many teachers used it as such, and the fingering for each new note is included at the top of the page so I have included it here.
Sebba, Jane & Moses, David2001Recorder MagicLondonA&C Blackfull colour (duets differentiated with different coloured words)suitable for group or individual lessonsB A G E C' (book 2:) D' D F# (book 3:) C#' E'1423first two notes off stave and in different coloursinitially crotchets and pairs of quavers in separate boxes. Most tunes have words initially.doo. Staccato after D' and slurs after D in book twomostly original compositionsfour pupil books; accompanying CDs; website with LOTS of supporting material including extensive teachers' - this website appears to have recently been taken down. First editions of the book suggested the little finger was optional for F.
Scott, Andrew & Turner, Gary200010 Easy Lessons Teach Yourself: Recorder for Young BeginnersManchesterMusic Exchangecolour pictures on every pageB A G C' D' F# E D1916beats of each bar written in for first 16 tunes. American time names used alongside English ones.too. Staccato after D': To play a note short, make a 't' sound with your tongue instead of the 'too' sound (p. 28) slurs before E.original compositions and nursery rhymesaccompanying CD; all tunes have guitar chords written on.
Keetman, G. & Ronnefeld, M., tr. Shamrock, Mary1999Elemental Recorder PlayingLondonSchottClose-packed music with parts for teacher and percussion written in score.6-9 yearsC' A D' G E D B C F723Tonic Sol-fa hand symbols recommendedLots of ideas in teacher book based basen on Orff-Schulwerk pedagogy.dütmainly European folk songsteacher's book explaining how to integrate the recorder into Orff-Schulwerk lessons; students workbookTranslated from the German by Mary Shamrock; German edition 1980 had little text, just the music.
Bryant, Ann1999Play straight away!International Music Publicationsblack and white pictures on every pageyoung beginnersB A C' D' G E D F#n/a6no music notation at all - everything done by letter namesno rhythmic notation: each tune takes the same rhythm as a well known song specified at the top of the page. All tunes have their own words too.toriginal compositions and nursery rhymesBook 2, which introduces stave notation. Stickers at the back of the book.The tunes are written in the context of a continuous story about Cute King Dodge and Nobby Gnome. It is recommended that pupils hold the bottom of their recorder with their right hand until they need to play E.
Engel, G., Heyens, G, Hünteler, K, Linde, H-M, tr. Bowman, Peter1999Fun and Games with the RecorderLondonSchottcolour pictures on every pageaged 6+B A G E C' D' (book 2:) D C' F E'933Treble clefs are only introduced with the note G.crotchets and minims at start with marching to the beatdo (introduced by the character Dotty -do-a-lot),Own compositions, a few with words.3 tutor books and 3 tune books; teacher's commentary; treble booksBb fingerings suggested as alternative which doesn't work on many recorders. Translated from the German. Includes lots of games and activities and an emphasis on exploring sounds.
Wastell, Peter1998Old MacDonald's Recorder BookLondonBoosey & Hawkessmall colour picturesPrimary school class music lessonsB A G C' D' F# E D94count the beats. Some tunes have words.tu. Staccato tut after C', slurs after D'mixture of classical tunes, folk tunes and modern compositionskeyboard accompaniment book; two pupil's books plus Barn Dance book and Christmas book.integrating recorders into class music lessons
Swift, Christine1997My Fun-to-Learn recorder bookLondonGrandreams LtdColoured pictures; thick card pagesB A G C' D' F#' E D E' F1218Blow gently and at the same time say 'te'. slurs in tunes after EVery short exercises and nursery rhymesRecorder attached - poor tone quality but at least in tune! This book has some good features (tips on technique) and one or two howlers, notably saying: There are four types of recorder: Descant, Treble, Tenor, Bass. Nowadays the most commonly used recorder is the Treble, which you will learn to play in this book.
Ward, Heather1996Franzo Frog and his Friends: a beginner's course for descant recorderLondonHeinemanncoloured pictures on every pageages 6 - 8+B A G C' D' E F D (book 2:) F# E'10Each note has an animal character beginning with that letter - the tunes are songs about the animals.all have words - say the words, clap and say the words together, then play. Also beats written in above music all the way through.t - slurs in book 2, also staccato with F#original compositionsBook 2Linked to new National Curriculum in Music, helping to fulfill the targets of Performing, Composing, Listening and Appraising. The songs in book 1 form a continuous story, designed to appealto both girls and boys. The fingering for F is shown as 012346, with the explanation that the use of the forth finger is difficult for children to achieve.. the differencein pitch is barely audible (p.32)
Davey, Brian1996Recorder Playing in ColourLondonDavey Music PublicationsSmall line drawingsChildren in Key Stage 1 or 2B A G C' D' D E F# (book 2:) E' C1026uses different colours for each pitch name in book 1crotchets and minims - count crotchet beatstoo ; double tonguing introduced in book 2. Slurs after F#Familiar tunesfive books: book 4 for treble, book 5 for bassLinks to the new National Curriculum for Music at the front; new pictures and expanded section at the end of book one to practice reading black notes.
Duckett, Richard1992Team RecorderLondonInternational Music Publicationsno illustrations; fairly spacious layout with little textyoung recorder players, especially in a classroom settingB A G C' D' D E F# E' F815Shows position of each note on a glochenspiel as well as the stave.Variety of approaches used at different or too. Breathe not blow; don't stop between notes. Slurs after E.wide range: from the Classical and Romantic eras to folk, jazz and 'pop'. as well as original compositionsIntegrated with Team books for other instruments, so ensembles can easily be formed.Wrong F fingering in first edition. Contains many duets and suggestions for percussion accompaniments as well as piano parts.
Winter, Geoffrey1991Rainbow Recorder CourseHarlowLongman Groupcoloured pictures on most pages.B A G E D (book 2:)1712middle line of each stave a different colournone; words for all tunes. Reference page for rhythm notation inside back cover.tooOriginal compositions and traditional tunesaudio tape; teacher's book; four levels each with Starter Book and Theme Books.
Cox, Heather & Rickard, Garth1991Yamaha Play and Learn RecorderAmershamAllans Publishingcoloured pictures on every pageage 5+B A G E D F#916A tape was provided for home practice with echo phrases to help learn rhythm.dooRange of popular tunes, BUT the tape has the tune and the recorder part is accompaniment at least at tapePublished simultaneously in Australia with very different presentation (e.g. no pictures) as Listen and Play Recorder: a revoluntionary approach to playing music
Hobsbawn, Marlene1989Me and My RecorderLondonFaberblocks of a single colour and line drawings throughout.childrenA G E B D (book 2:) C' D' F# E' C1313 / 25Starts with words for rhythm, then introduces crotchets, minims and quavers to a beat like a ticking clock.doo; staccato before d' (tut), slurs at end of book one.Mainly orginal compositions and folk songs (often from N. America)This book really starts with four notes at once - after 13 short exercises introducing A G and E, there are 25 tunes using A G E and B.
Coombes, Douglas1989Beginning the RecorderLondonDorsey Brothers LimitedSome large coloured pictures.B A G C' D'1025Count the beats; clap rhythms before playing - clap, swing for minims. (Much of book is only crotchets and minims).dooMainly original compositions
Bunting, Janet1989My First Recorder BookLondonSimon & SchusterColoured pictures of a cat and recorders; quite a lot of textyoung beginners and children of all agesB A G E D C' D' F#1313Beats of the bar written above the tunes when a new rhythm featuresdu; slurs after D', staccato after F# (dut)Original compositions, some with words
Kerr, Janet & Lumsden, Caroline1987Musicland Recorder BookGloucesterMusiclandLine drawings on every page.young childrenB A G E C' D' D F# (book 2:) E' C#'178Every note is named after an alliterating insect, and the songs are about these charactersSuggests own system of words for different note lengths.doooriginal compositionsThe book is one continuous narrative with songs, games and quizzes to illustrate the story. Each note is named after an insect. Advocates pressing hard so no air can escape.
McCafferty, James & Hatchard, Mike1986Live recorder: a beginner's course in musicLondonEdward Arnoldsome black and white picturesJunior school children, taught by a non-specialist class teacherB A G C' D' (book 2:) F# E D (book 3:) E' F1088All notes on stave presented at once to start withcount the beatsd - quietlyoriginal compositions (mainly due to limited notes used)tape with listening exercises and accompaniments. Several years later, books 2 and 3This course was, I believe, not only the first to supply an audio tape, but also the first to have an online presence in 2000 (website: www.earlymusic. !!)
Hawthorne, Philip & Hooper, Caroline1986The Usborne First Book of the RecorderLondonUsborneBrightly coloured pages; boxes and speech bubbles with fun facts and jokes as well as musical informationabsolute beginnersB A G E D C' F# C#' D' E'1210scales and semitones introduced by means of ladderscount the beats (crotchet = 1 beat)too ; slurs and staccato (tut) after Efolk songs and nursery rhymes and familiar tunes with some original compositionsStates that the four main sizes of recorder are sporanino, descant, treble, and tenor. The completely revised version of 1997 changed only layout and pictures, not music.
Fagan, Margo1985Playing the Recorder at HomeHarlowLongmanSmall two-tone picturesparents teaching their children at homeB A G E D C' D' F# C#' F1712let the words do the work. Rhythm chart in introduction.duh or tuh; staccato bouncy (later, tuk) with A and double tonguing ticker-tacker before E. Slurs after D.Mainly own compositions and folk songsUses the same tunes as Playtime, with notes at the side for parents.
Cox, Heather & Rickard, Garth1981Sing Clap and Play the RecorderLondonMacmillan EducationSome line drawings7 - 9 yearsB A G E D C' D' F#922middle line of stave darker until lesson 6 (BAG)Words to the tunes initially. Walking rhythms (4/4) and Skipping rhythms (6/8)doo. Slurs introduced after first three notes.Nursery rhymes and original compositions with popular tunes for concert pieces
Bonsor, Brian1981Enjoy the RecorderLondonSchott & Co.very occasional line drawingsgroups, individuals, self-tuitionB A G C' D' E D F# E' C#'729all rhythm in relation to crotchet = 1 beat, and counting the beats encouraged sporadicallydoo. Staccato introduced before D': tongue normally and simply shorten the end of the note (p. 24). Slurs before E.Mostly folk tunes from round the world; some early music and some original compositionsE is taught after G in the introduction, but not used in the music until after F#
Pitts, John1980Recorder from the BeginningExeterArnold-WheatonSmall line drawings7 - 11 yearsB A G E D C' (book 2:) D' F# E' C#'1514Most tunes have words; students explicitely told to match the rhythm of the music to the spoken words.tu. Slurs and staccato after note D.Mainly original compositions.Initially two books, followed by a treble book in 1983.
Pease, John1980Recorder for allLondonMiddle Eight MusicLarge black and white picturesfor children, parents, the non-specialist teacher learn as you teachB A G C' D'1211All tunes have tablature and letter names. Stave lines (with letter names in the appropriate place) introduced half way through.Initially following words, then stave notation introduced.No mention of tonguing at all - just an instruction to blow!Nursery RhymesThe preface begins: Anyone witing a book introducing children to the recorder should call it How to Lose Friends and Infuriate People. !!! Much emphasis is put on children learning by rote, copying an adult phrase by phrase.
MacNicol, Richard John & Binney, Malcolm1980Classroom recorder methodCroydonBelwin Mills MusicShort introduction followed by performable piecesclass lessonsG A B C' D' F# E E' D G'69graded but not describedtumainly nursery rhymes and folk songs, mainly in three parts.Piano accompaniment book, pitched + non-pitched percussion book, and book 2 of same.Option to play treble as transposing instrumenty (music printed in two keys throughout), with long justification for this in the introduction.
Winters, Leslie1979Recorder playing for the beginnerLondonChappellMusic with some textPrimary and Middle School, ages 6 - 11A B G E D C'816t- - but make the t- very gentleFolk songsClaims to be Book 1 of 3 recorder tutors in the 'Ways with Music' series, but it is not clear whether books 2 and 3 ever came to fruition.Recommends practising with the recorder resting on one's chin.
Rowland-Jones, Anthony1978Introduction to the recorder: a tutor for adultsLondonOxford University PressA lot of textAdult beginners; self tuitionB A G E D C' D' Bb F# C'#65Prefers whole notes, etc, to semibreves as it is more logicaldhoo, whispered. Slurs introduced as soon as two notes are availableRecommends additional repertoireSuggests that his methodology would be useful for teachers in Primary Schools, with additional material. Runs descant /tenor and treble instructions in parallel.
Galloway, Malcolm1978Recorder Tutor. For Descant RecordersLeedsRegina Publishing Co.Clearly spaced music with occasional woodcutsPhoto of a girl aged maybe 11 in the introductionB A G C' D' F# D E C E'99Count crotchet beats. All tunes have words: This is a great help in following the music.none mentionednursery rhymes and folk songsWhen playing the first five notes in this tutor you may find it necessary to support your recorder with your right hand.
Drewar, Della1978Let's Play: A first Descant recorder bookGnosallViking Publicationslarge print music; small line drawings; minimal textB A G C' D' (Book 2: E D)1918Simple number tablature (no. of fingers down, mainly) written above most of the notes, even into Book 2.First few exercises have words, mainly well-known sayings.not mentionedOwn compositions mainlyBook 2; accompaniment books
Trapp Family Singers, ed. Hunt1976The Trapp Family Recorder MethodSchottNo picturesA B G C' D' B* C#' E F# D710Beats of the bar written under early tunes, with an instruction to Count silently. Reference page at beginning.du. End each note with an unvoiced D. Slurs with C' (Lesson 2), staccato (as in dot) and tenuto in Lesson 4.Multi-national folk tunes and Baroque music.First published in 1954 in USAAnglicised edition (via Edgar Hunt) from the 1954 Enjoy your Recorder by the Trapp Family Singers (USA).
Tobin, Candida & Fenton, R.1976Wizard's Way Recorder colouring BookBishop's StortfordHelicon PressBlack and white pictures to be coloured inparents teaching their children at home (dedicated to two boys aged 6 and 9)B A G C' D' D E F#159Each note is assigned a colour linked to stickers on the recorder. The child has to colour inthe notes before playing a tune.French rhythm syllables, initially in proportionally sized boxes.whisper french rhythm names into recorderoriginal compositions with some nursery rhymessimple guitar chords to some tunes (just G and D7)colouring book; stickers for recorder to help with note learning. Written in simple language addressed to the child.
Simpson, Kenneth1976Music through the recorder: a course in musicianshipSunbury-on-the-ThamesNelsonJust music with lots of words of explanationsecondary school childrenA B G E D C' D' F# C#' E'741starts off stave with letter names for first three notes; details of how to introduce stave notation in teacher bookfitting words to a steady pulse - details in teacher book.too; slurs and staccato before Evaried; lots of hymns and carolsBooks 2 and 3; teacher booksWhen all three books have been completed, pupils will be prepared to tackle CSE or O Level music. Includes musicianship through, for example, group playing of chords.
Rosenberg, Steve1976Recorder PlayingLondonBoosey & Hawkesmusic with minimal textschool classes (photo of children perhaps 7 years old on front cover)B A G C' D' F# E D F Bb723count the beatsdu breathe into the recorder, don't blowRennaisance and BaroqueThis classic resource concentrates on classroom work and is designed for the absolute beginner, with music from the renaissance and baroque eras presented in a lively and enjoyable way.
Davey, Brian1975Recorder Playing in ColourLondonChappellline drawings with each new notes (5-bar gate becomes a stave)Junior school childrenB A G C' D' D E F# (book 2:) E' C1126uses different colours for each pitch name in book 1crotchets and minims - count crotchet beatst ; double tonguing introduced in book 2Familiar tunes3 books. Wall charts blackboard size available of first 11 pages - notes to be coloured - so large groups can be taught togetherUnfortunately the colours are not the same as those used by Candia Tobin.
Lambert, Cecily & Knechtel, Ried1974Forsyth Descant Recorder TutorLondon, ManchesterForsyth pictures, minimal wordsB A G C' D' F# E D E'618Count crotchet beatstuoriginal exercises and well-known tunesEssentially an American book published simultaneously in UK.
Fagan, Margo1973Play TimeLondonLongmanSmall two-tone pictures on most pagesB A G E D (book 2:) C' D' (book 3:) F# C#' C2412none; most tunes have wordsno instructions in pupil book except staccato markings; teacher book says duh for basic tonguing and introduces double tonguing ticker tacker on piece 9.original compostitionsSeries of several books including for Treble recorder
Bergmann, Walter1973Descant recorder lessonsLondonFaber MusicBrief introduction to each piece; diagrams for fingering; no picturesB A G E D C C' D' E G'821knowledge assumedd; slurs after Atraditional and 17th/18th century melodies, with some original compositionsAccompaniments book with notes for teachers, and two articles on teaching the recorderCovers all chromatic notes in one book and ends with fingerings for trills.
Blackburn, Marie1971Let's play recorders: a simple recorder tutor for very young childrenLondonB. Feldman & Cono illustrations; spaced out text and musicages 5 - 7B A G C' D' only712advocates flash cards and matching gamesAssumes french rhythm syllables and counting beats have been taught through use of percussiont in a whispermainly nursery rhymesBook Five Novice Notes contains many of the same tunes, with suggests for tuned percussion parts.Recommends that pupils are taught in groups of no more than six, for five minutes every day instead of half an hour once a week. Quite how teachers were supposed to orchestrate this is not stated!
Martin, Nancy1970Learning the RecorderLondonFrederick Warnediagrams for fingering, otherwise just music and some instructions (plus wordy introduction for teachers)Primarily for schools; also adult beginnersB A G C' D' D E F# E' G'717Emphasises that notes should be learnt as part of musical phrases, not in isolation (as in learning to read words)French rhythm syllablesd, softly; slurs in second half (after 12 notes)Folk, hymn and dance tunes still sung in schoolsOriginally published in New Zealand in 1956. Includes instructions for making a table-top music stand. Right hand to be kept at end of recorder until needed. Advocates practising silently but listening to the sound of fingers landing on holes.
Anderton, Malcolm Hey1970Musical Experience through the use of the recorderLondonLongman, in association with Boosey & HawkesMusical exerpts with little textsecondary school childrenG A B B* C' D' F# E C F724french rhythm syllables; rhythms to be practised before each piece is playedTA for bright attack and DA for smoother attack Also mentions TAKA=TAKA for semiquavers.orchestral and choral excerptsHopes to lay good foundations for GCE / CSE music. Uses themes form orchestral and choral works to promote music education / appreciation. Both treble and descant in parallel.
Addison, Richard1970Play and SingEdinburghHolmes McDougallGreen and black; no picturesB A G E D F#3412Stave lines in use are a different colournone; all tunes have words (first tune is in 6/8 rhythm!)none; a few staccato markingsoriginal compositionsmiddle line of stave different colour. Says can be used with Orff instruments as well.
Tobin, Candida1969Colour PipingLondonGinn & CoNotes all colour-coded; no picturesG A B C' D' D E F# F C813Each note is a different colour, corresponding to stickers on the recorderFrench rhythm syllables, explained in detailtaa. Staccato and slurs introduced with Eoriginal compositionsColoured stickers to put on the recorder to help with fingering Unfortunately no little finger for low F
Priestly, Edmund & Fowler, F.1969The School Recorder Book (revised edition)LeedsEJArnold & SonClose-packed music and wordsB A G C' D' F# E D E' F729all rhythm in relation to crotchet = 1 beat.te. Staccato and slurs before F#. Staccato articulated tut. Very young players may omit the 'slurring' but should master it as soon as possible. (p.19) mainly folk songs and hymn tunes Accompaniment books, second book. Foreward: revision simplifies the early stages of playing in order to suit the much younger players of today i.e. six-seven-year olds in the Infants' schools
Hunter, Hilda1968Descants in trainingLondonFaber Musicsingle line of music for each new note; no pictures or diagramsadult beginners - trainee teachersB A G E D C F C' B* D'83assumedtoo; slurs with second noteexercisesvery short publication consisting only of 26 one-line tunes to practise. Recommends starting every time with all fingers down, then raising the ones that aren't needed.
Sadleir, Richard1967Class Recorder tutorLondonB. Feldman & Co.Close-packed music and wordsB A G C' D' E D F# E'77Advocates foot tap on first beat of every bar! American rhythm names with English in brackets.too. Slurs after D' on page 8; double tonguing (tu-ku) on p.23.popular tunes from a range of sourcesGuitar chords on most pieces.Includes chordal playing for three groups of recorders, and a number of duets.
Dinn, Freda1967My Recorder Tune Book : a method for the descant recorderLondonSchott and Co.Two-tone pictures on most openingsreference to small handsA G B C' D' F# E D B* E'65none; occasional slurs throughoutfolk songs and nursery rhymesPiano accompaniments, and parts for treble recorder, violin and pitched percussion.Music remains the same; presentation improved apart from smaller stave size. Despite reference to small hands in the introduction, the fingering illustrations show adult-sized hands holding the recorder.
Salkeld, Robert1966Play the RecorderLondonChappellClose-packed music and wordsfor schools and collegesB A G C' D' E D F# C F718not explained, but new features highlighted for a teacher to explainte as in 'tea-pot' (p.4) Staccato with note D': tu as in touch (p.12). Low notes: do as in 'do not cry'(p.17)mainly folk songs and hymn tunesA book of accompaniments for piano and percussion instruments followed a few years later.
Krainis, Bernard1962The Bernard Krainis recorder method for beginners of all agesLondonGalliardmusic interspersed with textall ages, at home or in the classroomB A G C' D' E D F# C F817Recommends tapping foot to the beat, and playing the rhythm on percussion along with someone else.folk songs, mainly from USApercussion parts and guitar chords includedThis was simultaneously published in America under the title The Recorder Song Book; Bernard Krainis was in an influential American recorder player.
Dolmetsch, Carl1962Start my wayLondonUniversal EditionLong introduction and instructions, followed by musicthe complete beginner and also those who can play other members of the recorder family.C' A B G E D C F then chromatic notes in the first octave all at once62all rhythm in relation to crotchet = 1 beat.articulation and accent are as vital to music as to the spoken word (p.5) te (possibly de for low notes); the tongue should end as well as begin the notes. Slurs and staccato after all first octave notes learnt.After initial exercises, mainly 16th century musictreble book, identical except for the notes
Holst, Imogen1959Dolmetsch Descant RecorderLondonHawkes & SonB A G C' D' E D F C E'715detailed instructions on reading music in square brackets for those who need to knownote lengths described initially in relation to a semibreve, then to each other.te. Staccato and slurs introduced before C', then used frequently.original compositions, 16th / 17th century melodies, excerpts from The Beggar's Opera (1728).
Andreoni, C.1959Rapid Method (Flauto Dolce series)LondonRicordimainly music; short introdiction then minimal textG A B C' F E D C D' E'50silently pronouncing too; slurs near the end after C. Staccato in part 2 but not explained.exercises and studiesIncludes a fingering chart for a six hole recorder as well as a standard one at the start, but not referred to subsequently. The treble recorder is presented as a transposing instrument.
Goodyear, Stephen1956The New Recorder TutorLondonMills Music LtdClose-packed music and wordsB A G D' C' F# D E C F618time values in relation to crotchet beats. Som eearly tunes have lines under the notes of different lengths.t at beginning and end of each note. Slurs before f#lots of original exercises; folk songs and nursery rhymes, some explicitly simplified.
Fiske, Roger & Dobbs, J.P.B.1954The Oxford School Music Books (Junior Bks 2 & 3)OxfordOxford University Presswords and musicjunior school childrenB A G B* C' D' F# E D F66sol-fa used in the book for songs to be sungtime values compared to monetary values / coins!not mentionedfolk songsGeneral music book for use in the classroom; includes recorder in Junior books 2 and 3.
Sadleir, Richard1950How to play the recorder - Paxton's progressive tutorLondonW. Paxtonmusic and brief instructions. A few photographs of poisture at the start, then not even fingering diagramsphoto in introduction of a young womanG A B C' D' E D E' F# C77Initially french rhythm syllables, then counting the beatstu; slurs with E, staccato after C' - aim for a sharp, explosive tuFolk songs and popular tunes from all eras.
Bennett, Irene1949The Descant Recorder Tutor for schools (Revised Edition)LondonBoosey & Hawkesno illustrations; text and music interspersedC' B A G F E D C D' E'73assumes pupils can already read music.assumes pupils can already read music.t-ew; slurs and staccato from second note17th + 18th century melodiesMinor revisions to 1940 edition, but with more part music at the end.
Dinn, Freda1947A Method for the Descant recorder: My Recorder Tune BookLondonSchott & Cono illustrations; compact layoutreference to small handsA G B C' D' F# E D B* E'75nonenonenone; occasional slurs throughoutfolk songs and nursery rhymesPiano accompaniments, treble recorder and violin partsSecond printing; layout and content identical except that the fingering for B is taught before B*.
Dinn, Freda1947My Recorder Tune Book : a method for young childrenLondonSchott & Cono illustrations; compact layoutyoung children under the guidance of a teacherA G B* C' D' F# E D B(?) E'75nonenonenone; occasional slurs throughoutfolk songs and nursery rhymesPiano accompaniments and violin partsIntro mentions small hands find use of little finger almost impossible. The first printing had B* as standard, and the note in the front cover: The fingering used for the left hand notes B A and G is similar to the left-plus-right hand notes F# E and D thus forming a logical pattern
Bennett, Irene1940The Descant Recorder Tutor: a simple methodLondonBoosey & Hawkesno illustrations; text and music interspersedschool childrenC' B A G F E D C D' E'63assumes pupils can already read music.assumes pupils can already read music.t-ew; slurs and staccato from second note17th + 18th century melodiesSome of the fingering diagrams are inaccurate. Recommends dumb practice, resting the recorder on one's chin.
Priestley, Edmund & Fowler, Fred1939The School Recorder BookLondonE.J.Arnold & Sons LtdClose-packed music and wordsUpper classes of Junior and Preparatory Schools and in all forms of Modern, Secondary and Grammar Schools as well as adultsC' D' B A G F E D C E'78French rhythm syllableste; slurs introduced right at the end of the bookmainly folk songs and hymn tunesBook 2. Also The School Recorder Handbook for teachers and adult learners, consisting of books 1 and 2 with more detailed introduction and teaching notes.Includes a list of books which provide piano accompaniments to some of the tunes. For use In Elementary, Secondary and Grammar Schools, Evening Institutes, Adult Societies, among Scouts and Guides, and in the Home Circle
Hunt, Edgar1939Method for Group Instruction for Recorders : all types with the English fingeringLondonSchottmainly text, with just a few musical examplesteachers of groups of pupilsB A G F# C' D' E D C F50Assumes pupils can already read music.Assumes pupils can already read music.t or d; slurs introduced at the startexercises, a few folk songsHas recommendations for further repertoire at each stage. Suggests teaching trebles and descants together, alternating each group playing with the same fingering.
Haywood, Ernest1939The School Recorder TutorLondonJoseph Williams LimitedMusic with some instructionsB A G C' E D C F B* D'714Reading music assumed, but each new note shown in its position in C major scale.Reading music assumedgentle too. slurs with first two notes.Exercises, then popular melodiesGerman fingering chart given at the back for recorders of foreign origin
Bennett, Irene1938Craft and MusicLeicesterThe Dryad PressPages 21-33 are mainly instructions for recorder teachers, with examples of exercises to use with pupilsteachers of school childrenC' B A G F E D C E' F' G'62Reading music assumed, but suggests printing fingerings (tablature) under each note to begin withreading music assumedt-ew - a gently explosive t The lips are drawn tautly and firmly, and on no account must be slack or looseExercises, then suggests simple rounds, then simple part music. a class must begin to play music in parts as soon as [possible]Primarily a book about the bamboo pipe, but recorders are seen as a natural progression after pipes, or for talented children to begin on straight away. The recorder must be a means to an end, and should be replaced eventually by an orchestral instrument.
Bradford, Margaret & Parker, Elizabeth1938How to Play the RecorderLondonChappell & Co.Clear layout - new concepts at top of each page. Only picture is photo of ?11-yr-old boy showing posture.A B G C' D' C#' E D F C712Introduced progressively with rhythmic exercises to clap before the pieces.tu; du for lower notes, tut for staccato (after D') - tenuto also here. Legato tonguing explained after C'. Slurs after C#'.Folk songs; most are duets with teacher part which may be played on the recorder or any other instrument.Book 2, and two Alto / Treble books.Published at same time in USA by G. Schirmer, Inc., with American terminology. Has complicated number tablature for describing fingerings, but a standard fingering chart at the front renders this almost useless. In UK edition, fingerings for C and C# are reversed in the chart. Includes German fingerings as alternatives.
Hunt, Edgar1936How to learn the fingering of the recordersLondonE.H.Huntmainly text, with just a few musical examplesB A G F C' E D C D' E'53Assumes pupils can already read music.Assumes pupils can already read music.nonen/a - just a very few short exercisesThe full title is: How to learn the fingering of the recorders: descant, treble and tenor English system of fingering
Giesbert, F.J.1936Method for the Recorder (Blockflute) 100 dance tunes and melodies, 30 progressive exercisesLondonSchottsmall print and music; close-packed pages.C' B* A B G D' G' A' F E63nonedü. Slurs and staccato introduced with first two notes. Tü for high notes, dhü for low notes. Low note after a high note: hü. Double tonguing near the end: dü-gü (low) or tü-kü (high)Folk songs (mainly German) and Renaissance / Baroque music. Some original exercises.noneHas treble and descant in parrallel throughout.
Dolmetsch, Carl1936Tablature and Tunes for the Recorders in CLondonThe Dolmetsch Foundationhand written in beautiful calligraphy and manuscriptfingering chart given for all notes up to D''90Assumes pupils can already read music.Assumes pupils can already read music.make softly the sound of 'Ta' with the tongue against the teeth16th century English melodiesAn equivalent booklet for Treble was published a year earlier. Also mentions Tunes for the Recorder in C which includes part music.Enlarged version of the 1930 booklet, with a longer introduction and a few more tunes, this time attributed to Carol not Alrnold Dolmetsch but clearly written in the same hand. Buttress fingering no longer included.
Hunt, Edgar1935A Concise Tutor for Descant, Treble and Tenor Recorders for use in schoolsLondonBoosey & Hawkeslengthy introduction, then lots of childrenall at once: C to G' (all naturals)70Assumes pupils can already read music.Assumes pupils can already read music.tu - keep blowing and separate notes with the tongue. Double tonguing: tu-ku or tootle, triple tonguing: tu-ke-te. Slurs and staccato mentioned.Mainly rounds for descant / tenor, the duets for treble in second half, followed by trios.
Hunt, Edgar & Donnington, Robert1935A Practical Method for the RecorderLondonOxford University Presslengthy introduction, then lots of music.Those who feel the desire to play music, but lack the money and the time required by any of the more usual instruments.fingering chart given for all notes up to D''70Assumes pupils can already read music.Assumes pupils can already read music.tu; double tonguing uses the front and back of the tongue: tu-ku, tootle, du-gu also mentioned, as is slurring and staccato.16th - 18th century music of considerable complexity mainly in 2 partsVolume II has trios, quartets and quintets including a bass recorder part.Contains 4 melodies for treble recorder written with the fingering below - i.e. in tablature notation.
Dolmetsch, Arnold1930Tablature and Tunes for the Descant Recorder in CLondonThe Dolmetsch Foundationhand written in beautiful calligraphy and manuscriptfingering chart given for all notes up to D''90Assumes pupils can already read music.Assumes pupils can already read music.not mentioned16th century English melodiesequivalent booklet for Treble was published a year earlier, with the same melodiesThe first piece has tablature below the notes - this includes butress fingering which is strangely not included in the fingering chart.
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