Illinois State Standards
Anchor Standard 7 (Responding)
Perceive and analyze artistic work.
Enduring Understanding: Individuals choose music based on their interests, experiences, musical understanding, and each musical work’s purpose.
Essential Question: How do individuals choose music to experience?
Anchor Standard 8 (Responding)
Construct meaningful interpretations of artistic work.
Enduring Understanding: Through their use of elements and structures of music, creators and performers provide clues to their expressive intent.
Essential Question: How do we discern the musical performers’ emotions, thoughts, and ideas?
Anchor Standard 9 (Responding)
Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
Enduring Understanding: The personal evaluation of musical work(s) and performance(s) is informed by analysis, interpretation, and teacher- or student-established criteria.
Essential Question: How do we judge the quality of musical work(s) and performance(s)?
Anchor Standard 10 (Connecting)
Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
Enduring Understanding: Musicians connect their personal interests, experiences, ideas, and knowledge to creating, performing, and responding.
Essential Question: How do musicians make meaningful connections to creating, performing, and responding?
- Learn the history of the recorder
- Listen to two recorder songs
- Compare and contrast recorder songs
Listen and Watch
“Recorder Sonata in C Major” by Handel performed by Teun & Teun on alto recorder and harpsichord (listen to all or a portion)
History of the Recorder
Students share what they already know about the recorder.
- The recorder is a vertical flute with an ancient history
- The recorder took its current-day form in the Renaissance (15th–16th century)
- The golden age of the recorder was in the baroque era (17th to mid-18th century)
- Almost no recorder music in the Romantic era (19th century)
- Recorders were first used in schools in Japan in 1959
- 8 different types of recorders
Listen and Watch
“All of Me” by John Legend performed by Elizabeth Postol on soprano recorder
Compare and Contrast
- Which example do you prefer and why?
- How do the examples sound similar?
- How do the examples sound different?
- How do individuals choose music to experience?
- How do we discern the musical performers’ emotions, thoughts, and ideas?
- How do we judge the quality of musical work(s) and performance(s)?
- How do musicians make meaningful connections to creating, performing, and responding?
Additional funding for WFMT’s Bach to School program is provided by the Ralla Klepak Foundation for Education in the Performing Arts. Ralla was an attorney with a passion for social justice and the arts. The arts opened up worlds to Ralla, and she wanted to bring them to people who might not have the same opportunities that she did.