Exploring ClassPlay with Austin Otto: Recorders

by Abby @ Quaver on April 3, 2014

in At Quaver HQ,In the Quaver Classroom!

Hey Everybody – Austin Otto here! 

Austin Otto

You may recognize me from the Quaver Curriculum lessons on . . you guessed it . . Ostinatos! I also show up in a few ClassPlay songs, which is what I’m excited to talk to you about today!

Since we released over a dozen new ClassPlay songs in January, teachers have been RAVING about the great activities and songs they can now use with their students. To help you learn more, Quaver asked me to make an appearance here on the blog. I’m going to show you the ins and outs of some of these new songs in ClassPlay, AND recommend some fun ways to make use of them in your classroom.

There’s so much to show, it’s going to take me several blog posts to do it, so hang on to your recorders . . here we go!

If you haven’t heard, ClassPlay now has TWENTY RECORDER SONGS, dedicated to helping you teach the recorder in new and exciting ways. These songs are built to help you strengthen your students’ knowledge of theory and instrumental technique! (That’s why I love them!)

To easily find the Recorder Songs in ClassPlay:

-Log into your QuaverMusic.com Account
-Click the Teacher Tab or School Bus Stop Sign
-Click the ClassPlay Icon
-Click the RECORDER SONGS icon and Boom-Chicka-Boom!

Let’s take a look at one of the newest songs – Hawaii 6-0 – as an example of what you will find in a ClassPlay Recorder Song:


From the Song Hub for Hawaii 6-0 we see 8 activities created to Introduce, Apply, and Extend the concepts of the song:

1) Recorder Fingerings

Recorder Fingering

  • Notice the Notation for every note is always shown next to the recorder
  • Click a new note to see the Fingerings change. This is great for visual learners!
  • If a note is highlighted in red, that means the note is played in this particular song
  • The note highlighted in yellow is the note you’re currently viewing

Give it a try:

Here’s a little game I like to call Speed Scale: 
Have students play notes on their recorders as the teacher or a volunteer student clicks through the different notes on the Recorder Fingerings activity. Award Extra Credit if students can figure out fingerings for the accidentals at the bottom of the screen!


2) Recorder Olympics:

Recorder Olympics

  • These are one-measure exercises you can use to reinforce and practice the notes contained in the piece students are learning.
  • Choose one of the 3 levels – Bronze, Silver & Gold. Each level uses slightly more complex rhythm patterns.
  • You can use select slow, medium, & fast tempo backing tracks for an extra challenge.

Give it a try:

See how many students can play through all 4 examples (taking each repeat once) without stopping! If they can do it, they win a prize (or the chance to move to Silver, then Gold). Incorporate the tempo buttons for students who make it to the final round!


3) Animated Score:

Animated Score

  • Time to practice and play along!
  • Students follow the highlighted note and play through the music in real time.
  • The teacher is free to move around the room and help students.
  • Can turn Recorder or Track on and off during the piece.

Each Animated Score includes a break between verses where students move or sing to the music – this makes practicing even just ONE note on the recorder a fun activity! 

Animated Score 2

In Hawaii 6-0 student use their recorder as an oar and row to the rhythm!


4) Full Score

Full Score

  • Here you’ll see the Complete Score of the song with parts.
  • Reinforce sight-reading skills by following along with the full score while the song plays and changes screens.
  • Turn on and off additional parts with the colored buttons at the top!

5) The “How To Play” videos!

How to Play

Just when you think it couldn’t get any better – Welcome to The Late, Late, Early Show with Quaver!

In each of these 5-10 minute video clips, Quaver introduces another important element of the Recorder. He brings in some guest recorder-specialists (and personal friends of his) that demonstrate recorder care, history, technique and more! You’ll just have to watch and see!

I absolutely LOVE recorders, and I’m sure you do too! So go break those recorders out, try these new groovy ideas and tell me what you think!

Until next time . . . Austin Otto – Out!

If you don’t have ClassPlay in your classroom – be sure to check out our FREE 30-Day Preview, which will give you access to 7 ClassPlay songs including Perry the Sheep – a great Recorder piece!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sandra Fergins August 25, 2015 at 1:36 pm

My music budget ordering time is fast approaching. Please tell me where to locate an ordering form and the list of Quaver products. Thanks


2 Abby @ Quaver August 25, 2015 at 2:01 pm

Hi Sandra!

We will send you an email with that information right away. It’s also available on our Info Center at QuaverMusic.com/infocenter.




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