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First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond



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First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond
The Curriculum
First Steps in Music Series
By John Feierabend
Softcover book
272 pages

Written by a national leader in early childhood music education, this creatively illustrated book contains everything you need to lead a music class for preschool and early elementary students, including:  

  • Echo songs, call-and-response songs, simple songs, song tales, action songs, circle games, beat motion activities and more.   
  • Repertoire based on folk or traditional songs and rhymes, because of their natural melodic expressiveness and language flow and wonder.   
  • Complete lesson plans for a 3-year curriculum.   
  • Full coordination with high-quality recordings that contain all the rhymes and music from this book - perfect for parents to play at home or in the car.   
  • Suggestions on setting up a class, preparing parents, record keeping, expanding your music program and planning ahead.   
  • A classical music component, perfect for movement and exploration.

The correlating CDs and DVD are Had a Little Rooster CD (first year lessons), There's a Hole in the Bucket CD (second year lessons), Old Joe Clark CD (third year lessons), Keeping the Beat with the Classics CD and Move It DVD.


  • Getting Started
  • The Musical Workout
  • Pitch Exploration (Vocal Warm-ups)
  • Song Fragments - Echo Songs and Call-and-Response Songs
  • Simple Songs
  • Arioso
  • Song Tales
  • Movement Exploration (developing expressive sensitivity through creative movement)
       - creative movement with and without classical music accompaniment
  • Movement for Form and Expression (singing/speaking and moving with formal structure and expression)   
       - Non-Locomotor (fingerplays, action songs, circle games, with recorded music) 
       - Locomotor (circle games, with recorded music)
  • Beat Motion Activities (developing competencies in maintaining the beat in groups of 2 and 3)
       - Child-Initiated Songs and Rhymes - non-locomotor and locomotor
       - Teacher-Initiated Beat Motions - non-locomotor and locomotor
  • Planning Lessons (templates)
  • Sample Lessons (3 years, 2 semesters each year, 12 sessions each semester)
  • Final Thoughts

Song/Rhyme Titles
1st year: A Ram Sam Sam, Aiken Drum, Ali Baba, Bill Grogen's Goat, Bling Blang, Chop Chop Chippity Chop, Cobbler Cobbler, Down by the Bay, Eensy Weensy Spider, Engine Engine, Fais Dodo, Father Grumble, Five Little Ladies, Frog in the Meadow, Grandma's Glasses, Had a Little Rooster, Here's a Nest, Hickory Dickory Dock, The Ice Cream Sundae, Jennie Jenkins, Johnny Had One Friend, Johnny on the Woodpile, Listen Listen, My Aunt Came Back, No More Pie, Over in the Meadow, Pitter Patter, The Tailor and the Mouse, There Was a Man and He Was Mad, Three Little Monkeys, Two Little Blackbirds, Wise Old Owl

2nd year: The Airplane Ride, All 'Round the Brickyard, Au Clair de la Lune/Pierrot, Big Pig, Charlie Over the Ocean, Circle 'Round the Zero, The Crabfish, Did You Ever See a Lassie?, Do Your Ears Hang Low?, Do Do Pity My Case, Grandma Grunts, The Horse Stood Around, I Have Lost My Closet Key, I Met a Bear, In the Woods, John the Rabbit, Johnny Works with One Hammer, Kitty Alone, The Minister's Cat, Momma Buy Me a China Doll, Old Bald Eagle, The Old Woman and the Pig, Peep Squirrel, A Pumpkin for the Pie, Risseldy Rosseldy, Sea Lion, There Was a Little Turtle, There's a Hole in the Bucket, These Are Mother's Knives and Forks, Tongo, Two Tall Telephone Poles, William He Had Seven Songs, The Wise Man

3rd year: Allee Galloo Galloo, The Blue Cockatoo, Caney Mi Macaro, Cousin Peter, Cowboy Joe, The Darby Ram, Did You Feed My Cow?, Epo I Tai Tai E, The Fox Went Out, The Frog and the Mouse, Go 'Round the Mountain, Haul Away Joe, Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush, Hop Old Squirrel, Kye Kye Kule, Long-Legged Sailor, Lucy Rabbit, Mother Goonie Bird, My Hat It Has Three Corners, My Ship Sailed from China, Old Joe Clark, Our Gallant Ship, Pickin' a Spot, Purple Light, Riding in a Buggy, Rig-a-Jig Jig, A Sailor Went to Sea, The Sow Took the Measles, The Swapping Song, There Was an Old Woman, Turn Cinnamon Turn, 'Twas on a Monday Morning, Wake Up You Lazy Bones, When I Was One




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Very useful
Greg P on Sep 16, 2014
Recommended by other music teachers
Ann G on Jul 24, 2013
Feierabend was recommended.
Elizabeth S on Oct 5, 2013
All of Dr. Feierabend's materials are golden!! I use this with my K-2 students and am now looking forward to using it for the first time with pre-schoolers!
Ara R on Sep 27, 2012
Does this book include the actual lesson content, or do you have to purchase all of the separate "first steps" books in addition (movement exploration, echo songs, etc.) to see the songs and activities needed to present the lessons?
Colleen V on May 25, 2014
Best Answer: Some songs included with each of the sections perhaps 5 to 8 songs. This book is well worth it and if you were going to get any of the books I would get this one. I also have his book of call and response and pitch exploration.

You may already have plenty of material to augment this book. For example "action songs", do you have any of the New England dance Master series? For song "fragments" you could refer to any in the Boosèy and Hawkes series such as 150 folksongs and sing parts of those.
Call and response and echo songs abound in most literature.

To be honest, I like parts of his process (pitch exploration, echo and call and response) and I don't use many of his songs as I feel there are many resources with better selections. Of course, you may feel differently and getting this is as a resource would give you enough examples to make the decision as to whether or not to buy more of his books.
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My friend has used this book for a number of years now with great success. Her book came with enclosed CD - does yours come with a cd?
mhopkins on Nov 10, 2015
Best Answer: The correlating CDs and DVD are sold separate:
Had a Little Rooster CD (first year lessons), There's a Hole in the Bucket CD (second year lessons), Old Joe Clark CD (third year lessons), Keeping the Beat with the Classics CD and Move It DVD.
Reply · Report · Mark JStaff on Nov 10, 2015
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Do the CD's have to be purchased, or is there sheet music included in the book?
A shopper on Jul 27, 2015
Best Answer: The CDs are simply an additional resource and include recordings of the songs in the book.
Reply · Report · Mark JStaff on Jul 27, 2015
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Can this curriculum be used in a private music studio, or are there licensing fees? I'm looking for a curriculum guide to use when teaching preschool (mommy & me type) classes in my private teaching studio.
A shopper on Jul 27, 2015
Best Answer: There is no licensing fees for this curriculum and could be used in that setting.
Reply · Report · Mark JStaff on Jul 27, 2015
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Hi, in the lesson plan section there is a part of the lesson labels "Beat Motions" and that is split into 2 sections, "Songs/Rhythms" and "With Recorded Music". For the "With Recorded Music" section do we use the "Beats in groups of 2 and 3 of the songs and rhythms book? Sorry if it's a silly questions, but I'm really not sure and you have page numbers for every other section!
A shopper on Aug 23, 2014
Best Answer: In Kodaly level 1 with Dr. Feieraband you should use recordings of music and create beat motions to those songs. Dr. Feierabend emphasizes that all songs used for beat movement should be close to 120 bpm. The beats in 2s and 3s refers to duple and triple meter examples of recorded music. I like the cd "Keeping the Beat" it has a variety of songs in both meters and they are all close to 120 bpm. This cd is actually referenced in the lesson plan section in the back of the book. As your students progress they should be able to follow you and group the motions into 2s and 3s. Hope this helps!
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Do you deliver to Australia and what is the cost?
A shopper on Jan 16, 2013
Best Answer: Yes, we do ship to Australia. The cost is based on the size and weight of the package. If you place an order, one of us will contact you with a shipping quote. If you accept the shipping charges, then we will collect payment from you at that time.
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