Devon Children’s Recorder Initiative

Kids can play! - Devon Children’s Recorder Initiative 

In response to the huge decline in the number of children learning to play musical instruments - the Devon Children’s Recorder Initiative is a project set up to promote and support recorder teaching in schools.

Why teach recorder in your school?

Recorders are cheap and accessible to all, easy to learn to play and one of the best starter instruments. They are also easy to teach and there are many teaching support materials.
Recorder is a wonderful instrument in its own right and enjoying increasing popularity again - e.g several recorder finalists in BBC Young Musician of the Year over the past few years.
It is also an instrument that leads on to other instruments - skills gained learning recorder transfer to any instrument.

What does the Devon Children’s Recorder Initiative offer?

We offer classes in schools - individual and small group lessons, tuition for whole class learning and also training and support for teachers who would like to offer whole class teaching or recorder clubs at their school. We are aiming to provide a free support service for teachers - pending funding.

Why learn music - is it important?

We believe that it is vitally important for children to have access to music education. There are hundreds of studies that show the benefits for children - not just in musical ability - but in fine motor skills, general learning, social skills, emotional development, confidence and self expression. 

Where is the Devon Children’s Recorder Initiative based?

The Devon Children’s Recorder Initiative is one of several outreach projects of  SaMM - the Saturday morning music school in Totnes, Devon

Who are we?

Clare Devenport and Rachel Miller are both very experienced teachers and tutors at SaMM music school in Totnes. This project and SaMM have the support of Devon Music Education Hub

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