Books

Playing with the Classics, Volume 2: Music Masterworks for Children (2012) The simple, charming, and playful lessons in Playing with the Classics give children a chance to sing, move, and act while they listen to the music of great composers. The Listening List for Volume Two contains 15 tracks, all of which can be downloaded from online sites such as iTunes, Amazon or Google Music as needed. The 15 lessons in Playing with the Classics, Volume 2 will help make these great works a part of your students’ beloved repertoire of music and capture their interest in orchestral music for a lifetime.

Playing with the Classics, Volume 1: Music Masterworks for Children (2011) Peggy D. Bennett presents her classroom-tested creative ideas for movement, stories, and listening activities as she delights preschool through primary-age children with orchestral favorites. The 11 lessons are designed to be used by experienced music teachers and novices alike. The CD contains 30 tracks, including selections from An American in Paris, Bizet’s Carmen, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, Haydn’s Surprise Symphony,and many more, aiming to make these great works of music “come alive” for children.

RhymePlay: Playing with Children and Mother Goose (2009) Charming the senses of children is key to the spirit of RhymePlay. The simplicity and musical lilt of Mother goose rhymes engageand enchant children as they play with language, dexterity and imagination. Accompanying the delightful rhymes are finger play movements, playlet ideas, and reading puzzles.

 

SongPlay: A Collection of Playful Songs for Children (1999) The songplays in this creative book will engage children in playful, nurturing experiences. As they sing simple folksongs, children learn to respond to each other, focus and listen, use their imaginations, develop their social skills, and coordinate their movements with sound. The well-designed layout makes lesson-planning a breeze!

 

SongWorks 2: Singing from Sound to Symbol (1999) Focusing on music study for children, SongWorks 2 is based on a set of Principles for Teaching and Learning Music that builds toward symbolizing sound from how we hear music, rather than how we see it in notation. With the goal of maintaining musicality, strategies in this approach differ from many widely accepted practices.

SongWorks 1: Singing in the Education of Children (1997) Song does work! Based on the premise that singing is the most natural and effective way to teach music at the elementary level, this text shows pre- and in-service teachers how to create engaging, purposeful music experiences for children. SongWorks uses a “principles approach” and is loaded with classroom- and time-tested music activities.