The recorder is a great introduction to playing music and, thus a popular one in education. The recorder is inexpensive, practically indestructible, and easy to get started. Students learn about basic musical concepts such a rhythm, melody, harmony, pitch, etc. and are introduced to basic note reading.
The recorder was introduced into elementary schools largely due to the work of Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. This video from the Great Big Story media company gives a great overview of the history.
However, the recorder is an instrument in its own right. It was a key instrument in renaissance and baroque ensembles, a brief favorite of the English and Italian aristocracy, and can still awe audiences everywhere in the hands of a professional.
Which Recorder should I choose?
The Yamaha YRS-24B Soprano Recorder is designed to provide the perfect beginning to any student’s musical education. The standard Baroque style fingering system, durable construction and practical price all make this YRB-24B one of the most popular school recorders. They offer an ideal amount of air resistance for easy control, and feature an accuracy of intonation you would expect to find only one more expensive models. Though other maker’s plastic recorders may have a similar appearance, Yamaha ABS recorders are truly superior instruments. Because they are easy to play with precise, uniform intonation for players of all levels, the YRS-24B is perfect for the beginning musician.
The Yamaha YRS-20B Translucent Soprano Recorder can add a bit of fun for students and is dishwasher safe. It comes in Translucent Blue, green or pink, and is designed to provide the perfect beginning to any student’s musical education. The standard Baroque style fingering system, durable construction and practical price all make this YRB-20B another popular school recorder.