Poster Pack

The Recorder Monster teacher book contains teaching tips from Mari Schay, strategies for implementing the curriculum including the routines Mari has developed to practice and refine recorder skills, and additional repertoire. Best of all, if you purchase the teacher book, you’ll have access to, where you will find a web-based version of this interactive software, a handy repository of printable resources, and additional supports for your recorder curriculum.

Student Book

The interactive software package works with any computer with a mouse, and is optimized for use with SMART and Promethean Boards. If you don’t have one of those, you can take advantage of its full functionality using a projector and a mouse, or let students explore on their own with individual computers. Use it in conjunction with the Recorder Monster Teacher Book to receive a registration code that allows you to use, and access the software in a format that works with one-to-one devices.

Student Book

You can print the entire student book from the CD that comes with the teacher book, but if you’d like to avoid the hassle of printing and binding all of those student books, you can purchase pre-printed books for your students.


Each unit in Recorder Monster is centered on a “Monster Mantra” that helps students remember an important recorder skill. The poster pack includes large classroom posters of each monster mantra, along with posters for each routine suggested in the teacher book, and fingering charts for every note.


Give students a physical indicator of their progress, awarding them a collectible monster card each time they master a new song. A box comes with 1050 total cards: 42 copies of each of 25 unique monster cards. They are printed with rich color, and laminated for extra durability.

Step inside a world of silly lyrics, happy monsters, and rigorous music instruction with this fun and easy-to- use recorder curriculum. Each unit begins with a monster-narrated lesson and a “monster mantra” that reinforces the unit’s central skill. Warm-up exercises provide engaging activities to strengthen new notes and rhythms, and recorder repertoire based on traditional songs with silly monster lyrics increases student buy-in. You and your students can visit to access Recorder Monster resources in or out of the classroom, including demonstration and accompaniment tracks and notated music for all of the songs. Get students excited about their successes with collectable Recorder Monster trading cards that they earn by playing. The teacher book contains printable versions of every poster, monster card, student page, and visual aid you will need. Pre-printed poster packs, trading cards, student books, and an interactive software package are available separately. ©

Mari Schay

About the Author

Mari Schay teaches K–5 general music, choir, beginning band, and marimba band at Earl Boyles Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. She has also taught middle school general music and band as well as private percussion lessons. Mari received her B.M. in percussion performance and her M.A. in teaching from Willamette University. She also holds a M.M. in percussion performance, which she earned at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. While at the conservatory, she worked with Percussion Group Cincinnati. Mari has performed and recorded with a variety of orchestras, new music ensembles, and pop music groups, and is a former member of Boka Marimba, a Zimbabwean style band in Portland.


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