- Written by Chad Criswell
In my neck of the woods most elementary schools teach the recorder starting in or around the 4th grade. As a band director I understand the reasoning for teaching recorder to kids as it helps build many of the skills needed to get them into the band once they get to fifth or sixth but I’ll be honest, I hate the sound of the recorder. The ocarina on the other hand seems to be the unwanted step child in the music classroom even though (in my opinion) the more earthy resonant tone of an ocarina is almost always superior to the sound of a cheap $3 soprano recorder. So why don’t more people use it in their classrooms?