Inspired by the need to teach a 'lively' class of primary school children who were not interested in any of the recorder teaching material available at the time, the idea of simple repetitive exercises accompanied by backing tapes which sounded like music they might hear on the radio (it was the 1980s) proved to be a solution.
One reviewer wrote, "this is not kids music, but kids love it".
To quote from a review of 80 years of recorder teaching material printed in The Recorder Magazine, "The person who made use of (backing) tapes par excellence was of course David Moses with RECORDERBOPPERS, a revolutionary approach which has gained a loyal following. The backing tracks are an integral part of the music and repetitive exercises are woven into the pieces which children love to perform".
STARTERS PLUS contains 17 Warm Up pieces focusing on aspects of basic technique (breath, tongue, finger co-ordination, tone, articulation etc.) and 16 Performance pieces with between 1 and 4 notes (C A G E). Each performance piece has audio versions with and without the recorder part. There are suggestions for less experienced teachers about ways in which each piece might be used and how to approach specific technical aspects of recorder playing and music making. Each Performance Piece has a simplified part for the recorder players which can either be printed off or displayed on an overhead screen.