Recorder Karate

At Bluff Park School fourth grade students begin to learn to play the recorder, a woodwind instrument from medieval times. Fifth grade students participate in a program called Recorder Karate. Students earn belts for their recorder as they learn new songs. Students can practice and earn the belts at their own pace. The songs used are taken from Barb Philipak's book, Recorder Karate, published by Plank Road Publishing.

The belts and songs are as follows:

White - Hot Cross Buns (BAG)

Yellow - Gently Sleep (BAG)

Orange Merrily We Roll Along (BAG)

Green - It's Raining (E GA)

Purple - Old MacDonald Had a Farm (DE GAB)

Blue - When the Saints Go Marching In (GABC'D')

Red - Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (DEF#GAB)

Brown- Amazing Grace (DE GAB D)

Black - Ode to Joy (D GABC'D')

To practice with accompaniment, follow these instructions:

     Go to

     Click on Recorder Music

     Click on Recorder Karate Dojo

     Click on Streaming Audio

     User Name: (I will give this information to students in their packet.)

     Password: (I will give this information to students in their packet.)

     Click on the song title you want to practice. Students have the option of practicing with a slower and a performance version.

(You must have Real Audio or Quick Time to play these sound clips.)

Click here to see pictures of students who have earned their Black Belt.

Click here for recorder help.