Units on recorder are done in grades 4 and 5.

How can my child get a recorder?

Purchasing Recorders - Recorders can be purchased through the school for $6. At the music store, these recorders normally cost around $10. However, the Toronto District School Board is able to purchase them in bulk from Long and McQuade for a little over $5. You are also welcome to purchase a recorder on your own from a music store. However, please note that dollar store recorders are NOT instruments. They are just toys, and don't play the same pitches as a real recorder.

Borrowing a Recorder - If you do not wish to purchase a recorder for your child, students are welcome to borrow a recorder from the school for the year. These recorders are used recorders that have been thoroughly disinfected. Students are welcome to take those recorders home to practice. However, if a students loses or breaks the recorder, you will be responsible for paying $5 to replace that recorder.

Recorder Karate Belts

Students earn recorder karate belts as they master certain songs. There are 9 recorder karate belt levels. The recorder belt karate songs can be found in the Recorder Music Book below.

Recorder Ninja Bonus Songs

For students who are really keen, there are advanced songs in the Recorder Ninja Bonus Book. There are 37 bonus songs! The first page of that book is a sheet with the songs, and spaces for students to put a sticker for each song they master.


Recorder Belts - Grade 4

White Belt - Hot Cross Buns (p.3)

Yellow Belt - Mary Had a Little Lamb (p.3)

Orange Belt - Au claire de la lune (p.3)

Green Belt - Doggie, Doggie (p.5)

Purple Belt - Old MacDonald (p.6)

Blue Belt - Twinkle, Twinkle (p.7)

Red Belt - Frère Jacques (p.7)

Brown Belt - Hallelujah (p.9)

Black Belt - Ode to Joy (p.10)

Recorder Belts - Grade 5

White Belt - Frère Jacques (p.7)

Yellow Belt - When the Saints (p.8)

Orange Belt - Hallelujah (p.9)

Green Belt - Ode to Joy (p.10)

Purple Belt - Lightly Row (p.11)

Blue Belt - Twinkle, Twinkle (p.12)

Red Belt - London Bridge (p.12)

Brown Belt - Hot Cross Buns & Au claire de la lune in F major (p.13)

Black Belt - Old to Joy in C major (p.15)

Videos on Playing the Recorder

To play the notes B, A, G, E and D on the recorder below, simply click on the image,

and then type/press those letters on your computer keyboard!