Cardston Elementary School

2011-2012 Recorder Karate

CES grades 4-6 students accepted a new challenge in 2012. The students were given music to learn and perform. For each piece they mastered, they were awarded a "karate belt" for their recorder. The program has been a huge success. We have many students, several teachers and even one parent who have hopped onboard and worked to earn as many belts as time would allow! In just 3 months, we had 79 students and adults working on their belts. 19 musicians completed 9 levels to earn their black belt. Eight worked further to complete 8 additional twist belts and 8 pushed themselves even further to earn the coveted silver and gold belts! The best part is that we have dozens of students and adults who have achieved a high level of proficiency in music reading, instrument playing and expressive musicianship. It has been great to see healthy competition between students and the camaraderie as they cheer each other on and support one another in their efforts.

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