New Music Class Opens for Spring Semester


This spring semester, the David L. Walters Department of Music will be offering a recorder techniques class that will meet once a week on Thursdays, from 3-4 p.m. 

The class will be taught by Dr. Patricia Corbin, JSU Director of Choral Activities. Class members will learn to play all sizes of the recorder and participating music education students will learn teaching strategies for the instrument. Class members will also participate in the upcoming Recorder Festival that will be held in February.

The recorder is a genuine instrument that dates back to the Renaissance. Most people remember the recorder as a small instrument they may have played briefly in elementary school, before moving on to a modern band instrument, but there is much more to it than that. It comes in many sizes and there is a wealth of genuine and challenging repertoire specifically available for it. It is a very accessible instrument for adult beginners to learn and a lot of fun to play.

Although this is an easy instrument to learn to play, all class members need to already have some proficiency in reading music, as basic music fundamentals will not be covered. 

To register for recorder techniques class MU 146/346 Section 06, the CRN number is: 23551/23552. This class counts as one hour of college credit and costs the same as one credit hour plus any additional course fees. However, anyone interested in learning the recorder is invited to audit this course if not seeking college credit. The audit fee at JSU is $25 per a credit hour.

Class supplies include: Yamaha Soprano (YRS -24B, Baroque Fingering) and an Alto Recorders (YRA-28B, Baroque fingering), approximately $27 total. A limited number of these recorders will be available for sale in the music department at the beginning of the semester. A portable stand will also be required. 

For further questions, please contact Dr. Patricia Corbin at or 256-782-5544.