- January 11, 2019 at 12:29 PM #54707
Is your singing repertoire as broad as your curriculum?
It’s common for our students to engage school subjects verbally via the written and spoken word, and visually via printed media or self-created art work. How often do they engage them through song?
While it’s entirely appropriate to teach children a large repertoire of hymns and “spiritual songs,” the power of song can be an integral part of every school subject. Children sing freely about things they resonate with.
One book that offers a variety of songs for elementary is It’s Music Time, by Prairie View Press. It includes songs about animals (Peter Cottontail), motivation for doing well (If You Can’t Climb a Mountain, Then Climb a Hill), American history (Little Old Sod Shanty; Oregon Trail; The Wagon Train), nature (Pitter Patter of the Rain), geography (Northern Lights; Little Swiss Lad; This Land is Your Land; The Railroad Corral), seasons (Buds Have Blossomed; The Year’s at the Spring). Some provide opportunity for developing musical skills via rounds, long choruses (Pitter Patter produces rain-like sounds), and yodeling.
A table of contents for the book can be found at the Prairie View Press website. https://prairieviewpress.com/product/its-music-time/
Prairie View Press offers about 200 song books on their website. Other titles with a broad-subject repertoire include Classroom Chorus Time, Country School Melodies, Golden School Days, Let it Ring, Rounds for Singing, Wildwood School Melodies, Expanded Practical Music Reader.
Incidentally, Prairie View Press also offers 2000 titles for your library. Check out their website.
What other titles does anyone else have to offer that provide songs to sing on topics such as geography, the natural world, history — or mathematics?
- January 12, 2019 at 3:42 PM #54709
Thanks, Jonas, for calling my attention to these song books. I’ve been searching for a source of the “singing school” type songs and hadn’t been successful so far. I found a few of the song titles I’ve been looking for in these books.
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