Die AMA-Blockflötenschule - Christoph Heinrich Meyer

The soprano recorder school for children from 6 years

During Christoph Heinrich Meyer’s time as a teacher (at the Kunst- und Musikschule Brühl, among others) after studying the recorder at the University of Music in Dortmund and his experience with workshops for adults, it occurred to him that there was no suitable teaching material available when he started his career. So, together with his pupils, he developed a teaching concept which questioned how pupils remember lesson content (e.g. the sound, rhythm and the technical processes). The concept of all of his courses is supporting the learning strategies of the pupils themselves. There at the right hand of the teachers and pupils is a cartoon character – the recorder trainer Flautino, who delivers all of the knowledge in Mr Meyer’s teaching books. All of these books can be used in private as well as group lessons. Both types of lessons have their advantages – in private lessons, the teacher can pay more attention to the individual difficulties a pupil has, but in group lessons the pupils can also learn from one another and gain their first experience playing in an ensemble.

In the first volume of “Die AMA Blockflötenschule”, pupils from 6 years and up learn the basic requirements for playing their first short pieces on the descant recorder. The techniques regarding posture, breathing, tongue and fingers are all diligently introduced, whereby every new note together with its hand position, notation, rests and phrasing is practiced. The exercises and audio tracks for the descant recorder are noted with both baroque and German fingering.

The CD includes all exercises and pieces in up-to-date arrangements, which makes it easier for children to imagine how a certain rhythm or note sounds. In order to help children to continually improve their tongue and finger technique, the same exercises are provided at different tempos. Some of these pieces are in various styles and arrangements, or are played on different instruments, so they can also be used as an accompaniment for performances.

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