• You are probably seeing this because your son or daughter has been asking about recorders. All 3rd-5th grade students learn to read music by using their recorders. They will use these on almost a daily basis. Recorders are inexpensive, easy to use and care for. They also do a good job of preparing kids for middle school band and choir. Each student will need to bring one to class each day. They can be purchased in the music room for $6.00.