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How to practise: The Recorder Practice Apps

There are 3 Levels available for iPad :
Level 1; Level 2: Level 3
 or as a discounted bundle of all three.
Available only individually for Android Tablets from Google Play:
Level 1: Level 2: Level 3

Teachers..….A whole class can be taught in front of an Interactive Whiteboard in the Classroom.
Smaller groups or individuals can practise in front of a single computer at their own pace.
Individual pupils can buy the App to use on their Smartphones…and practise at home…
Parents: Really useful tablet activity.
Start on the Recorder, learn to read music in preparation for learning other instruments.
What a start!
Anyone who wants to learn to read music …whatever age
Buy or find a recorder or just clap or hit something to grasp how to read rhythm….

The first tune B Happy introduces one note and has, like all the other tunes, an exciting accompaniment.

Here’s is B Happy at the slowest speed …with a reminder of the note names…which can be switched off as soon as you feel they will remember the note name.

Tempi from 60 to 120 beats per minute can be chosen.

Level 1 includes 10 tunes. New notes are introduced in tunes that follow.

Each note has a clear fingering diagram.


‘Pupils will learn and improve more quickly because they’ll want to practise more.’

  • Each tune can be practised with or without a full accompaniment.
  • The sound of the Recorder can be heard which helps with keeping in tune and playing the correct rhythm.
  • A Real Time Beat Counter appears above the music notation to act as a conductor and helps with the timing of each note
  • Each tune can be practised at slower speeds.
  • Start and End bars can be chosen so that each tune can be practised bar by bar, section by section.
  • The speed of practise can be increased until the whole piece can be played perfectly.

This is a video of Alis on her second lesson reading from an iPad placed on her music stand. the smile when she finishes shows she is enjoying what she has achieved in just two lessons.
She’s gone through all 14 bars of B Happy and  from 60 to 80 beats per minute…and remembers what the note B looks like in the various ways it can be written to tell her how long to play each one.

The next step for her is to practise  getting to up to the suggested performance  tempo of 120 bpm…..and in the next lesson she will also move on to start the next tune.

Available Online for Whiteboard whole class teaching,  or on Android and on iTunes, see on the tablet apps tab:

Enhancing Key Stages 1 & 2 #Numeracy with eto #musiced #musiceducation


When using eto Beginner Recorder Levels 1, 2 and 3 there are clear opportunities to enhance KeyStage 1 and 2 in areas of Numeracy.

Recorder Music Practice can be found in the Shop. Level 1 on Desktop, Android iTunes.

eto’s real time Beat Counter encourages the need to count the number of beats in the bar (measure). Indeed a good phrase is the better you are the more you count…not less.
Fractions: as part of the lesson pupils should be encouraged to connect the values of musical notes; such as half notes (minims) and eighth notes (quavers) to their equivalent fraction size.
By playing the Recorder exercises pupils can learn the time value of musical notes.
Pupils could learn to  subtract fractions by completing work sheets, in which they ensuring the notes add up to four beats in each bar or measure.
Rank order (ordinals) (in time and pitch):First, second third etc. bars and beats can be referred to for time. In pitch the order of the notes can be discussed.
The wider mathematical appreciation and connections of  pattern recognition and analysis can be considered: Are there patterns of notes where the rhythms are similar but the pitch changes (sequences)?

eto can enhance these skills greater than traditional music practice using manuscript paper because of its  extra visual and aural elements.

This all can be integrated into enjoying practising the Recorder.