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Music for Everyone!


Music for Everyone!

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Publisher: Teacher Created Resources

Author: Katrina Cavaliere

Illustrator: Kelly McMahon

Editor: Mara Ellen Guckian

List Price: Softcover: $9.99, Ebook: $9.99

Ages: 6-8 Years

Reviewed By: Kate O'Mara

Music for Everyone! written by Katrina Cavaliere introduces students to the joys of singing, playing, and moving to music. Children will love making the simple percussion instruments that they will use with the songs in this book. Each suggested instrument comes with instructions including a required materials list and an option materials list to make your instrument a little fancier. Drums, for example, can be made from empty oatmeal containers, construction paper and decorated with markers, or stickers. Other instruments include plate shakers, plastic bottle shakers, can shakers, sticks, and jingle bells on sticks.

Song selections include a wide variety of song types including counting songs, transition songs (classroom songs for transitioning from recess or art time), everyday songs, dancing and movement songs, input songs, songs about seasons, holiday songs, and performance songs. You’ll recognize some old standards like “Where is Thumbkin,” “If You're Happy and You Know It,” and “Old McDonald.” Some songs are sung to a familiar tune include Mow, mow, mow the Lawn, while others were not familiar to me.

This 58-page book is a good resource for the non-musical teacher who wants to introduce music to students. Complete instructions with pictures help the teacher and students create the instruments that they can then use to keep the beat. Each song is illustrated with adorable pictures, so that not only can the pages serve as lyrics but also a coloring activity. The grand finale is a presentation song “The Green Grass Grew All Around.” This could easily be a parent’s night performance or just fun in a classroom or group setting. Preparation and presentation instructions are given as well as hand movements to go with each verse. There are also patterns so that students can create their own props—a hole, the tree, a branch, a nest, an egg and a bird.

I recommend this book for its ease of use and the song list. So many children have missed learning precious little children’s songs. This book offers a good way to incorporate traditional American children’s culture in your children’s learning. Plus, who doesn’t love a fun, happy song to sing?
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