I am pleased to let you know that your child will be learning to play the soprano recorder in music class this year. The soprano recorder is an excellent beginning musical instrument. Your child will receive a recorder in music class, but that recorder must remain in the music room until the end of the school year, at which time it will be his/hers to keep.
If your child wishes to practice playing recorder at home (which is something I do encourage) it will be helpful to have an additional soprano recorder at home. Please note that this is NOT required - only recommended! The soprano recorder we are using in class is a Yamaha model. YRS-20B, C Soprano Recorder/Translucent blue. You could also get a soprano recorder of a different make at
Woodside Music in Park Ridge (134 Park Ave, Park Ridge, NJ - (201) 391-0667.) If you plan to purchase one at Woodside Music, please phone in advance to make sure they have some in stock. Your child’s home recorder need not be this same model number, but it must be an actual soprano recorder. If you have an old instrument at home that you believe may be a soprano recorder, have your child bring it to me so I can be sure that it is. Also ask your neighbors if they might have a soprano recorder at home that their child got while in Grade 3 Music at Dorchester! If you are able to find a used one, it can be sterilized in the top rack of the dishwasher. Just separate it into parts before inserting into the dishwasher rack. After taking it out of the dishwasher, lubricate the joints with a little bit of petroleum jelly (Vaseline.) The bag should also be cleaned. If it is a plastic bag, soak it in hot water with some dish soap, then air dry. If it is a cloth bag, wash it in hot water and air dry.
I am looking forward to making music with your children during the coming school year!
Miss Signe Myhren
Vocal Music Teacher