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Royal Recorders

Royal Recorders - Student Book 1 and Student Book 2

Royal Recorders is a motivational recorder teaching method created for students (grades 4-6) learning to play recorder in elementary school music programs, private music classes, or homeschools. Students are excited and motivated to play the recorder when teachers use the Royal Recorders teaching method.

The Royal Recorders teaching method is fantastic for beginners of all ages and comprehensive enough to use for a two-to-three-year recorder program, with upper levels that challenge advanced players. Students are engaged and eager working their way through 13 Knight levels of the Royal Recorders program, learning 45 songs along the way.

Students learning to play the recorder need music that is simple, yet musically interesting. They enjoy the fun Royal Recorders songs that are created to maximize success from the very beginning of the program.

Teachers love the sequential introduction of skills and step-by-step presentation of new notes and theory that promote rapid achievement and improvement.

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Learn to Play Recorder - Student Book 1 - Royal Recorders
  • Song challenges for Levels 1-7 (22 songs)
  • Explanations for each new musical element presented
  • Practicing tips
  • Composing opportunities (at three different Knight levels)
  • Note-naming Challenges (practice pages)
  • Care and maintenance of the recorder
  • Fingering chart
  • Completion certificate
  • Songs Include:  

        * Original songs by Donna Rhodenizer

    G and A All Day *
    He B G Bees *
    Baa, Baa, Baa *
    One, Two, Skip a Few *
    Big Bad G *
    Flamenco Flair *
    Up and Down *
    BAG of Surprises *
    Fais dodo -
    French Folk Song
    Over Easy *
    Blues-E *
    Skin and Bones -
    Camp Song
    Go for a Stroll *
    Old MacDonald -
    Traditional
    There's a Hole in My Bucket -
    Traditional
    Lady of the Red Castle *
    À la claire fontaine -
    French Folk Song
    Jolly Minstrels *
    Day is Done -
    Camp Song
    Cabbage Soup *
    Ode to Joy -
    Beethoven
    Oh When the Saints -
    Traditional

    Learn to Play Recorder using Student Book 1!

    Royal Recorders Student Book 1 is part of a motivational recorder teaching method created for students (grades 4-6) learning to play recorder in elementary school music programs, private music classes, or homeschools. Students are excited and motivated to play the recorder when teachers use the Royal Recorders teaching method.

    The Royal Recorders teaching method is fantastic for beginners of all ages and comprehensive enough to use for a two-to-three-year recorder program, with upper levels that challenge advanced players.

    Beginning recorder players enjoy playing the Royal Recorders songs that are created to maximize success from the very beginning of the program. There are seven Knight levels in Book 1 presenting new notes and musical elements in 3-4 songs at each level. Songs are simple, musical and interesting. Students play each short song, ensuring that new notes are thoroughly learned before moving on to new musical elements. Students are motivated as each small success is celebrated. These small steps create a strong foundation and promote rapid achievement and improvement.

    Accompaniment tracks in a variety of styles (available as downloads) provide support and musical interest, motivating students to play songs multiple times. Accompaniment tracks are offered with a practice speed, supporting the early stages of the students’ efforts. A performance speed track is also provided for performances or as an added challenge in regular class activities.

    Learn to Play Recorder - Student Book 2 - Royal Recorders
  • Provides continued development for second-year students and more advanced players
  • Song challenges for levels 8-13 (23 songs)
  • Explanations for each new element presented
  • Practice tips
  • Composing opportunities (at two different Knight levels)
  • Note-naming Challenges (practice pages)
  • Recorder Care and Maintenance
  • Fingering chart
  • Completion certificate
  • Songs Include:  

        * Original songs by Donna Rhodenizer

    Moravian Folk Tune - Folk song
    Still Waters *
    Twilight *
    Morning 
    - Grieg
    Birch Tree (duet)
    - Tchaikovsky
    Sharp as a Tack *
    English Melody
    - Kingsfold
    Merry Branle
    - Arbeau
    C Major Scale
    - Baroque style
    Scarborough Fair
    - English ballad
    My Paddle
    - Embers McGee
    What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?   -
     Trad. Sea Shanty
    Music Alone Shall Live (canon)
    - Folk song
    Un Canadien Errant (duet)
    - Gérin-Lajoie/arr. Rhodenizer
    Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
    - Spiritual
    Let’s Catch a Rooster (canon)
    - Trad.
    Donna’s Aire *
    Scotland the Brave
    - Trad.
    Down by the Sally Gardens
    - Folk song
    Ash Grove
    - Trad.
    Celtic Winter *
    Early One Morning
    - Folk song
    Little Burnt Potato
    - Trad./Boyd

    More accomplished Recorder Players use Student Book 2 

    Royal Recorders Student Book 2 is part of a motivational teaching method created for students (grades 4-6) learning to play recorder in elementary school music programs, private music classes, or homeschools. Students are excited and motivated to play recorder when playing songs in the Royal Recorders teaching method.


    Students with foundational recorder playing skills (e.g. having completed Royal Recorders Book 1) will enjoy the song challenges presented in Student Book 2. Six Knight levels provide a total of 23 songs, adding new notes and musical elements in a sequential progression. The sequential introduction of skills and step-by step presentation of new notes and theory promote rapid progress and improvement until a very high level of playing proficiency is achieved.


    Songs include well-known folk and traditional tunes, classical works, and Donna Rhodenizer’s original songs. Longer songs, more complex forms, plus the addition of stylistic elements such as phrasing and dynamics, add to the musicality of the Book 2 repertoire. A wider range of notes expands the complexity as well as the variety of songs offered. At the conclusion of all 13 Royal Recorders levels, students should be able to play simple music written in C, F, G, D and A major and their relative minor keys. Their foundational understanding of music theory and reading notes also makes them well prepared as they move on to band programs.

    Students have two opportunities to create an original composition. Applying theory they have learned and using their playing skills to play an original composition creates ownership and a real sense of purpose within the context of learning to play the recorder.

    Accompaniment tracks in a variety of styles (available as downloads) provide support and musical interest, motivating students to play songs multiple times. Two tracks are provided: a practice speed, supporting the early stages of playing, and a performance speed for concerts or as an added challenge in regular class activities. The accompaniment tracks are particularly useful at this advanced level when students are providing complex and musical contributions at community events and concerts.