Grade Recorder Ensemble
The 5th Grade Recorder
Ensemble was formed by Mr. McDade in the 2001-02 school year in
order to give students who wanted additional musical challenges an
opportunity to play and perform challenging music in an ensemble
setting. The focus of the Ensemble is learning to play the alto
recorder, which is larger than the soprano recorder that all
Independence students learn in 4th grade. Other recorders are
sometimes added to the ensemble, such as the soprano and the very
small sopranino. The Recorder Ensemble plays folk songs, well known
themes from classical music (such as Beethoven's "Ode To
Joy"), and popular songs such as "Jingle bells." The
ensemble plays music in two-part, three-part and sometimes four-part
harmony. The Recorder Ensemble practices once a week, and usually
performs at the Spring Concert. Sometimes other performances are
The Recorder Ensemble is restricted to 5th
Grade students, and students must audition for the group. The
audition consists of a test on musical note reading and terms, and a
playing test performed on the soprano recorder. The group usually
consists of 12- 20 students. Students may either purchase their own
alto recorder, or borrow one of the school's alto recorders,
returning it at the end of the year. Auditions will be sometime in
early August, see this page soon for information, or look for
information coming home from Mr. McDade about auditions.
year our Recorder Ensemble will practice during 5th Grade lunch
recess on "Day 3" of the building schedule. This will be
from 2:10 - 2:30 pm (on "Day 3" only).
you have any questions about the 5th Grade Recorder Ensemble, please
contact Mr. McDade at: firstname.lastname@example.org
, or call school at 636-477-3010.
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