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Book Image Ballads of American History
by Fred Cooper, Gregg Harris

Ballads of America History is designed to make the study of history both enjoyable and memorable. This book includes a musical compact disc featuring historical ballads sung by Gregg Harris (In the sixties, Gregg was actually a folk singer!). Each ballad tells the story of a period in American history with the musical accompaniment of instruments from that period. It Includes many interesting facts and pictures that will help your children understand the era they are studying. The historical text, sheet music and CD work together to ensure your children gain a comprehensive overview of the great eras of our country's past. Great for use in pagents with costumes and choirs. You'll find that as your children sing the ballads they will learn and remember details of American history as never before!


Book Image Celebrate America - Cassette


Book Image Celebrate America - Cassette and Book

Perfect for school music programs, this album features the best-loved patriotic songs including: God Bless America, The Star Spangled Banner, America The Beautiful, and many other favorites. Sheet music is included in the 24-page songbook, and charts containing simple instrumentation are featured on the enhanced CD–simply print out the PDF and you're ready to practice!


Book Image Celebrate America - CD


Book Image Celebrate America - CD and Book

Perfect for school music programs, this album features the best-loved patriotic songs including: God Bless America, The Star Spangled Banner, America The Beautiful, and many other favorites. Sheet music is included in the 24-page songbook, and charts containing simple instrumentation are featured on the enhanced CD–simply print out the PDF and you're ready to practice!


Book Image Companion CD to Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells and Joseph Haydn the Merry Little Peasant
by Zeezok Publishing
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This enhanced CD provides audio files of all the music from Wheeler & Deucher's classic books on Beethoven and Haydn in MP3 file format, so that you can hear a sample of these composers' works. (DOES NOT CONTAIN COMPLETE WORKS ONLY MUSIC THAT IS IN THE BOOK) In addition, all the music contained in the books can be printed as sheet music from this enhanced CD. Moreover, printable coloring pages for each chapter of both books are provided. Geared for a variety of learners - auditory, kinesthetic, visual, and just plain "active" - it's a excellent supplement to your reading experience.


Book Image Functional Melodies: Finding Mathematical Relationships in Music
by Scott Beall

Music is sound learning! Like author Scott Beall, you can capitalize on your students' natural interest in music to deepen their understanding of functions, transformations, and multiple representations of relationships. With the engaging activities in Functional Melodies and the easy-to-use music CD, you will have everything you need to help students connect musical ideas to mathematical concepts. No musical training is necessary, but there is sure to be a performer in your class!

The lessons can be grouped as units of study or used individually in your algebra or geometry class. Every lesson features the following:

  • A conceptual warm-up for you and your students, to hand out as a reading or to read aloud
  • A blackline resource sheet master of facts, instructions, and examplesBlackline activity masters
  • Music CD tracks keyed to the activities
In addition, you will find thorough teacher's notes that include the conceptual basis of the activities and ways to incorporate them in your class, teaching tips, questions and answers, and discussion points.

You will find that your mathematics students understand functions or fractions or ratios better after they have seen and heard these mathematics concepts realized in music. With these lessons, students hear, visualize, perform, think, graph, and write about musical relationships and the mathematics they illustrate. An insightful essay by the author, and a chart correlating mathematical topics to music topics precede the activities.


Book Image Giant Book of Children's Songs, The
by Milton Okun (Editor)


Book Image Handel at the Court of Kings
by Opal Wheeler (Author), Mary Greenwalt (Illustrator
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With clarity and with admirable simplicity, keyed to the understanding of children, Opal Wheeler has traced the many-sided career of George Frederic Handel, whose restless nature vied always with his tremendous ability as a composer and director. Handel¿s strange boyhood, clouded by the fact that his father did not want him to become a musician, and the later years when, thanks to the patronage of the Duke of Saxe-Weissenfels, his music was played before the greatest music lovers of Europe ¿ all this makes absorbing reading. The selections of Handel¿s music included here are those best understood and most apt to be mastered by young musicians. One evening, back in 1691, conservative Doctor Handel was shocked and dismayed to find his small son carrying the torch at the head of a band of singers wandering through the little town of Halle. The good doctor never quite understood the all-consuming love of music which drove his son from childhood on and on to the great heights he eventually attained as the beloved Father of the Oratorio, the composer of the magnificent MESSIAH. Opal Wheeler has given us here the most finished, most completely satisfying book on her list of fine music biographies. Handel at the Court of Kings should be a favorite of all children who love music, whether they are young musicians themselves or not.


Book Image Handel at the Court of Kings Study Guide
by Judy Wilcox (Author)
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Intended to complement Opal Wheeler classic Handel at the Court of Kings. Packed with timelines, maps, reading comprehension questions, character quality highlights, and extra tidbits of information about Handel's life and his music. Written for children in grades K-6, this study guide makes a great addition to any study of master composers.


Book Image Hymns for a Kid's Heart
by Bobbie Wolgemuth, Joni Eareckson Tada, Sergio Martinez (Illustrator), Focus on the Family
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In this second volume of the best-selling Hymns for a Kid's Heart series, Joni Eareckson Tada and Bobbie Wolgemuth collaborate to help you teach twelve classic hymns to the children you love. With richly orchestrated music, true stories, prayers, and Scripture, this book will feed your child's soul.


Book Image Hymns for a Kid's Heart
by Bobbie Wolgemuth, Joni Eareckson Tada, Sergio Martinez (Illustrator), Focus on the Family
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In this second volume of the best-selling Hymns for a Kid's Heart series, Joni Eareckson Tada and Bobbie Wolgemuth collaborate to help you teach twelve classic hymns to the children you love. With richly orchestrated music, true stories, prayers, and Scripture, this book will feed your child's soul.


Book Image I Hear America Singing
by Kathleen Krull, Allen Garns (Illustrator)
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Originally published as Gonna Sing My Head Off!, this big, colorful songbook is now reissued for the first time with a 23-song CD created especially for it. The book includes 2 of the best-loved American folk songs, with all the lyrics and easy-to-play musical arrangements of the tunes everyone remembers although they may need a little help with the words. From Maine to California, here are ”Michael, Row the Boat Ashore,” “On Top of Old Smoky,” “Home on the Range,” “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” “This Land Is Your Land,” to name a few–songs that represent the American spirit and history. With each beautifully illustrated song is a note about its origin.


Book Image Jazz for Young People Curriculum with Book(s) and Video and CD (Audio)
by Wynton Marsalis (Narrator), Jazz at Lincoln Center (Producer)

JAZZ FOR YOUNG PEOPLE CURRICULUM - 10-CD SET, VIDEO TEACHING GUIDE AND 30 STUDENT GUIDES

This multimedia jazz appreciation kit is based on Jazz at Lincoln Center's popular Jazz for Young People[TM] concert series. Designed primarily for up per elementary and middle school students, it is also well-suited for high school and college music appreciation, introduction to jazz, and music educ ation courses. The curriculum explores core concepts -- including improvisa tion, form, style, and swing -- and major figures in jazz through accessibl e, interactive lessons. Because it was written for both musicians and non-m usicians, the Jazz for Young People Curriculum is perfect for any teacher w ho wants an entertaining and structured way to bring jazz into the classroom


Book Image Joseph Haydn The Merry Little Peasant Study Guide
by Judy Wilcox (Author)
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Intended to complement Opal Wheeler and Sybil Deucher's classic Joseph Haydn the Merry Little Peasant. Packed with timelines, maps, reading comprehension questions, character quality highlights, and extra tidbits of information about Haydn's life and his music. Written for children in grades K-6, this study guide makes a great addition to any study of master composers.


Book Image Kaleidonotes and the Mixed-Up Orchestra, The
by Tammy Carter Bronson, Matthew S. Bronson.
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The Kaleidonotes help the orchestra find their places on stage so the show can go on. In addition to enjoying a funny, rhyming story, children will learn to identify colors, instruments, notes, scale, and stage positions of instruments in the orchestra.


Book Image Kids Make Music! : Clapping & Tapping from Bach to Rock!
by Avery Hart, Paul Mantell, Loretta Trezzo Braren


Book Image Learn to Play Guitar
by Louisa Somerville, Tim Pells, Cheryl Evans, Jenny Tyler, Kuo Kang Chen (Illustrator)
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Book Image Lives of the Musicians : Good Times, Bad Times (And What the Neighbors Thought)
Kathleen Krull


Book Image Lives of the Musicians : Good Times, Bad Times (And What the Neighbors Thought)
Kathleen Krull, John C. Brown (Narrator), Melissa Hughes (Narrator)

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Book Image Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells Study Guide
by Judy Wilcox (Author)
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Intended to complement Opal Wheeler and Sybil Deucher's classic Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells. Packed with timelines, maps, reading comprehension questions, character quality highlights, and extra tidbits of information about Beethoven's life and his music. Written for children in grades K-6, this study guide makes a great addition to any study of master composers.


Book Image Moving West Songbook
by Keith McNeil, Rusty McNeil

This attractively illustrated eighty-seven page companion to Moving West Songs (two CD set) includes forty-eight of the songs Americans sang as their nation expanded westward across the continent during the period between the War of 1812 and the Civil War. The song selections include words, music and chord symbols, plus historical commentary, background information on the songs and a bibliography.

Part One: Territorial Expansion and Abolition
As the United States expanded into the old Northwest Territory, Louisiana Territory and the Pacific Northwest, Americans built canals, cut forests, farmed the land, and trapped beaver. Their songs reflected their pride, fears and hopes, and described the dangers, the boredom, the discomforts and the loneliness of life on these new frontiers.

Songs were effective tools for African-Americans. Slaves spread the word of escape plans through "code" songs. Songs about the hardships of slavery helped recruit white support for abolition and the Underground Railroad.

Part Two: Texas and the Mexican War
The lyric quality and rhythmic patterns of Mexican folk music reflect our Mexican heritage. Americans who settled in Texas sang of Texas Rangers and the struggle to make Texas a republic.

During the Mexican War, soldiers sang of American General Zachary Taylor and Mexican General Santa Anna, of the 2,000 mile march of the Mormon Battalion, and of brutal treatment at the hands of their own officers.

Part Three: Minstrel Shows and the California Gold Rush
Miners carried minstrel tunes to the gold camps in California and wrote parodies which created a vivid picture of life among the forty-niners.

Part Four: Immigrants from China, Ireland and Germany
The songs depict the prejudice against California's Chinese population in the 1850s and the suffering of the Irish, fleeing famine, as they migrated to a new, often hostile, home in America. The songs also reflect the defiance and spirit of the Germans who, after losing the fight for a free Germany, sought freedom in the United States.


Book Image Mozart, The Wonder Boy Study Guide
by Judy Wilcox (Author)
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Intended to complement Opal Wheeler and Sybil Deucher's classic Mozart, the Wonder Boy. Packed with timelines, maps, reading comprehension questions, character quality highlights, and extra tidbits of information about Mozart's life, particularly his remarkable childhood. Written for children in grades K-6, this study guide makes a perfect addition to any study of master composers.


Book Image Music for Everyone!
Teacher Created Resources
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You don't have to be a great singer to foster children's interest in music. Just encourage them to sing, dance, march, and play instruments at school or at home. These songs, movement suggestions, and directions for making musical instruments are easy to follow. The benefits range from just plain fun to improved self-esteem, better understanding of spatial reasoning, and higher test scores! Go ahead and start making music!


Book Image Music of Angels: A Listener's Guide to Sacred Music from Chant to Christian Rock, The
by Patrick Kavanaugh, Dave Brubeck


Book Image Music of the Great Composers

From the Back Cover
Patrick Kavanaugh shows that great music was written to be enjoyed, not merely admired. In Music of the Great Composers, he displays his gift for making the classics easy to understand and a delight to listen to. This practical book lets you select a listening program that's based on your needs and interests. Choose from a variety of approaches to pick the one that fits you best. From chorales to concertos to solo repertoire, Music of the Great Composers lets you customize your listening to broaden your understanding and love of music. You'll find: - Guidance for building a personal listening library - Fascinating insights into instruments, history, composers, compositions, musical terms--even simple music theory for the layperson - A lively guide to hundreds of masterworks--for hours of reading and listening enjoyment. Kavanaugh removes the intimidations from "highbrow" music, taking it out of its ivory tower so everyone can enjoy it. Written in a refreshing, popular style, Music of the Great Composers will bring an exciting new depth to your enjoyment of the classics.


Book Image Music Theory Made Easy
by David Harp

The easiest theory book ever covers scales and chord structures for folk, blues, rock, country, and jazz, with emphasis on composing your own songs.


Book Image Play Piano in a Flash for Kids: A Fun and Easy Way for Kids to Start Playing the Piano
by Scott Houston
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As seen on public television nationwide, Scott The Piano Guy Houston is the leading authority on fast and fun piano instruction. In Play Piano in a Flash for Kids! he simplifies his unique and effective method of learning to play piano, making it accessible to even the youngest want-to-be pianists. Highlighting popular, not classical, music, this book fosters and nourishes an early love for music by giving children the tools to play their favorite popular songs. Your child will be able to: lLearn the basics of piano playing using a simple technique that pros use, which focuses on becoming a good player versus becoming a good notation reader lUse easy-to-follow step-by-step illustrations that demonstrate each stage of learning lPlay popular music on the piano without having to learn how to read complicated sheet music It is a great book for kids who may have taken lessons previously but became frustrated by the long and complicated process. And all at a fraction of the cost of piano lessons! Both parents and children can have fun learning the piano or keyboard together, or children can work through the book on their own, with parents providing support only when needed. Play Piano in a Flash for Kids! is the perfect tool for parents or teachers to help their kids learn to play the piano quickly and easily.


Book Image Raising Musical Kids : Great Ideas to Help Your Child Develop a Love for Music
by Patrick Kavanaugh


Book Image Robert Schumann and Mascott Ziff Study Guide
by Judy Wilcox (Author)
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Intended to complement Opal Wheeler's classic Robert Schumann and Mascot Ziff. Packed with timelines, maps, reading comprehension questions, character quality highlights, and extra tidbits of information about Schumann's life and his music. Written for children in grades K-6, this study guide makes a great addition to any study of master composers.


Book Image Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers, The
by Patrick Kavanaugh

This is a compelling and inspiring look at spiritual beliefs that influenced some of the world's greatest composers, now revised and expanded with eight additional composers.


Book Image Story of the Orchestra : Listen While You Learn About the Instruments, the Music and the Composers Who Wrote the Music!
by Meredith Hamilton (Illustrator), Robert T. Levine

Eye-catching illustrations, engaging text and delightful musical selections on the accompanying 70-minute CD lead children ages 8 to 12 (and parents, too!) on an exciting and educational tour through the instruments and music of the orchestra. Illustrated in exquisite and colorful detail with over 100 original drawings and photographs, this package is a fun and exciting musical journey for children. The engaging text is broken into three sections: an introduction to each instrument of the orchestra from the cello to the timpani, the stories of famous composers from Bach to Stravinsky and an explanation of different musical styles from Baroque to Modern. Each step of the way, children can listen to actual musical examples of what they are learning about. Young readers will hear the sound of an actual violin as they study the instrument and enjoy the playful tune of a Mozart minuet as they read about the composer's precocious exploits as a child.


Book Image Student's Guide to Music History, A
by R. J. Stove

R. J. Stove’s A Student’s Guide to Music History is a concise account, written for the intelligent lay reader, of classical music’s development from the early Middle Ages onwards. Beginning with a discussion of Hildegard von Bingen, a twelfth-century German nun and composer, and the origins of plainchant, Stove’s narrative recounts the rise (and ever-increasing complexity) of harmony during the medieval world, the differences between secular and sacred music, the glories of the contrapuntal style, and the origins of opera. Stove then relates the achievements of the high baroque period, the very different idioms that prevailed during the late eighteenth century, and the emergence of Romanticism, with its emphasis upon the artist-hero. With the late nineteenth century came a growing emphasis on musical patriotism, writes Stove, especially in Spain, Hungary, Russia, Bohemia, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and the United States. A final section discusses the trends that have characterized music since 1945.

Stove’s guide also singles out eminent composers for special coverage, including Palestrina, Monteverdi, Handel, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner, Verdi, Brahms, Debussy, Richard Strauss, Sibelius, and Messiaen. As a brief orientation to the history and countours of classical music, A Student’s Guide to Music History is an unparalleled resource.


Book Image What to Listen for in Music
by Aaron Copland



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