We are also beginning Recorder Karate with 4th and 5th grades. We are working hard to make it to black belt!
In the Recorder Karate program, there are 9 songs that represent the 9 belts. Students work together in groups to play and test on each song. When they have "mastered" the song, they test. If they pass the test (play the song - notes and rhythms - correctly with good tone), they earn their belt. The receive a colored strong to tie around their recorder and they get to "announce it to the world" by signing the poster in the hall! This is a great program that my students love. Some of them get very competitive.