The recorder was about the most popular instrument 400 years ago, with famous composers such as Vivaldi and Bach writing concertos for it. Although it is now more associated with classroom musical lessons, it is still the most popular instrument, with most households owning at least one recorder. If you think ‘squeak’ when you imagine a recorder go and have a listen to professionals playing on YouTube. Prepare to be amazed!
Learning to play recorder
Because recorders are cheap and robust every school aged child would benefit from owning one to begin creating music. Formal recorder lessons work well from Year 1 or 2. An amazing instrument in its own right, it also teaches you all the techniques needed to transfer to other woodwind instruments
Benefits of learning the recorder
Learning the recorder improves memory and concentration. As it demands great skill on both hands it will develop coordination and strength. There are opportunities to join ensembles when playing a recorder, and it is an instrument that encourages creativity.
Is it the right instrument for me?
Although most people are familiar with the descant recorder, there are actually eight recorders in the family. The more experienced you get, the more of these you play. It plays music from very early times right through to very modern music and as an ensemble instrument is usually found in recorder consorts.
You can start to learn the recorder in our low cost group lessons
Find a recorder lesson
Lessons are available in schools or at music centres after school and at weekends
Help with fees
If you need some financial support to get going with music lessons we may be able to help
To me, the advantage of the recorder is that it is so natural. I love the fact that it is just a piece of wood, that there are almost no mechanics involved.