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I also love the tenor because it sounds an octave below all the other recorders. Yes, it takes some kids a little time to distinguish and listen for it, but when they do it really helps them out. Besides, recorder playing is aimed at upper grades and they need to be able to make that octave jump at some point. All that soprano sound washes together, but they can hear your example and her when you play because the range is different. Easy for them to see the example of your hands and easy for them to hear the example from your instrument. Totally worth it!
Here's the link to the recorder that I got. $62 isn't bad though you might be able to find the price lower somewhere. I've played my recorder for a few months now and I totally love it. I would trust that this Aulos is a great instrument and I trust Woodwind Brasswind to get it to you super quick and with few issues!
AND I can't wait for my black belt recorder students to get a crack at the tenor recorder. It'll be great for small group work (the black belt can plan along on tenor while the other kids keep playing on sopranos!)
DIY Recorder KArate Reward Belts
Don't buy recorder karate belts from a catalog! They're so expensive! I've found that tying my own belts (while it takes time and can be a pain) saves me lots of stress and money. I bought skeins of yarn two years ago when I started recorder karate and haven't replaced them yet! Yes, it takes time to cut and tie and prepare them, but I just pop in a movie at home and watch while I tie. No big deal. Here's how I do it!
Then I found "Practice Position" on your chin. I love this because it allows the student to practice the fingering with almost exactly the same sensation that they would have if they were playing. The recorder sits in almost the same place, posture is similar, and their arms aren't extended out at all. Once they learn the fingering this way, the recorder moves only a short centimeter up and they've got it. It makes the switch from practice to playing so easy.