Music Curriculum for Recorders

Jodie Mesler is back with Volume 2 of her music curriculum…Her curriculum works with recorder, Choroi flute or pennywhistle.  Here is what she says about her latest work:

Living Music From the Heart: Music Curriculum
Volume 2 

by Jodie Mesler

Living Music From the Heart: Music Curriculum Volume 2 is a playful and artistic teaching method that is for everyone, for experienced musicians, as well as for teachers with little or no music training, giving all very easy and pleasurable experience. For the in-experienced musician, you find how easy it is to sing and how to play music with the aid of the DVD tutorial and lesson book. For the experienced musician, you will find many helpful tips on how to teach your child in a more playful and fun way, very different from the strict academic methods of our youth. Your child must be at least seven years old, because this approach is for children in the grades. It is a primer method and anyone can start here to begin their very first musical instruction. Twenty lessons are included with techniques, games and over 50 simple pentatonic songs for you to enjoy.

The music lessons are set up so that children learn music by listening and imitating the teacher, therefore, you will learn how to read music notation in my next volume which will be specifically designed for children 9 years or older. Here you will get ideas on how to integrate singing, rhythms, games, and songs in a creative and playful way. My approach is based on the study of human development, inspired by a love of music, and has a deep respect for the way children learn. My method is for those who long for a more nurturing and living way of learning and teaching music, remembering that music is the language of the soul. In Living Music From the Heart Volume 1, the primary focus was on pleasing sounds, rhythms, and listening skills taught through imitation. In grade 2, it is time to learn simple pentatonic songs. By staying simply within the 5-note scale pattern, music becomes fulfilling and enjoyable. For the child we will weave in playing high and low, slow and fast, soft and loud, long and short. We will guide and inspire the child to have great technique through these songs and games as we teach him how to tongue, slur, listen, and make up his own songs.

I think the most important thing to remember during the training of using a starter blowing instrument, such as the penny whistle, is that you are working with the heart area. Your child is in the second stage of human development which is the heart and imagination stage. In that heart area, the lungs are also being developed and that is one of the reasons why Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf Education, recommends a blowing instrument. Waldorf Education is the education which has inspired me to write a music method based on my years of research of this education, and based on my experience teaching private music lessons.

Steiner states in his lecture from The Kingdom of Childhood, “As early as possible the children should come to feel what it means for their own musical being to flow over into the objective instrument…if you can you should choose a wind instrument, as the children will learn most from this and will thereby gradually come to understand music… the human being feels the whole organism being enlarged. Processes that are otherwise only within the organism are carried over into the outside world.” Steiner also states in his lecture from The Foundations of Human Experience, “in these years (7-14 years old) we must always take care that, as teachers, we create what goes from us to the children in an exciting way so that it gives rise to the imagination. Teachers must inwardly and livingly present the subject material; they must fill it with imagination.”

Here is a complete overview of the lessons:


  1. My Fingers Are Dancing
  2. Jack Be Nimble
  3. Like the Turtle
  4. Hush Little Baby
  5. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
  6. Inch Worm
  7. Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate
  8. Little Miss Muffet
  9. Thunderstorm
  10. Old MacDonald
  11. Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
  12. Tick Tock, Hear the Clock
  13. There Was a Man and He Was Mad
  14. Jack Sprat
  15. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
  16. Star Light, Star Bright
  17. A Song From My Heart
  18. Mary Had a Baby
  19. Little Jack Horner
  20. Turn Into Light
  21. Morning Song
  22. Polly Put the Kettle On
  23. Whisper Then Shout
  24. Shortnin’ Bread
  25. Little Poll Parrot
  26. Jogging With My Doggy
  27. Did You Go to the Barney?
  28. Georgie Porgie
  29. Clap With Me
  30. Little Liza Jane
  31. Little Robin Redbreast
  32. Swing Your Partner
  33. A Frog Went A-Courtin’
  34. Mary, Mary Quite Contrary
  35. Crocuses
  36. In the Springtime
  37. Humpty Dumpty
  38. Hot Cross Buns
  39. Johnny Get Your Haircut
  40. March Winds
  41. The Tooth Fairy
  42. Ducks in the Mill Pond
  43. It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
  44. The Dance
  45. Bought Me a Cat
  46. Little Tommy Tittlemouse
  47. Willow Tree
  48. Run, Chillen, Run
  49. High Diddle, Diddle
  50. Goodbye Old Paint
  51. Hickory Dickory Dock
  52. Fresh Tomatoes
  53. The Farmer in the Dell
  54. A Wise Old Owl
  55. We Are One Big Family
  56. The Crawdad Song


  1. long tones
  2. pentatonic scale D, E, G, A, B, D’, E’, G’
  3. tonguing
  4. slurring
  5. rhythms
  6. improvisation
  7. high to low
  8. low to high
  9. descending
  10. ascending
  11. building a repertoire
  12. long tones and short tones and rests
  13. measuring tones
  14. tempos; slow, moderate, fast
  15. soft and loud
  16. swinging tempos


  1. Blow Dragon Blow to strengthen lungs and build strong long tones
  2. Call & Response to fine tune rhythms and techniques
  3. Fix Your Leaky Tire to work on proper hand position
  4. High to Low or Low to High? learning how to hear the differences in tones
  5. Blowing Up Balloons to strengthen lungs and build strong long tones
  6. The Stopwatch Challenge to strengthen lungs and build strong long tones

Joyfully Creating,

Jodie Mesler

Music Curriculum Tutorial for penny whistle or recorder now available at:

Hope that helps some of you in your planning for fall!



2 thoughts on “Music Curriculum for Recorders

  1. Hi Carrie

    Thanks for the info.
    One of the areas that have drawn me to Waldorf was the way music is incorporated into everyday life. As part of taking care of myself I have just started to learn to play the guitar – I have longend to play an instrument my whole life. And I am absolutely loving it.
    A few weeks I would have been to scared by ‘music’ to considered this but now I feel so excited I might get both volumes.

  2. oh how I wish I had this last year. Recorder is/was the hardest part for me. We are actually doing it as part of our summer, now that I finally figured out what I’m doing. What a lovely help.

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