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First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond Complete Curriculum Package

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First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond Complete Curriculum Package
First Steps in Music Series
By John Feierabend
Softcover book with 4 CDs 

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 Complete Curriculum Package:
The curriculum book First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond
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
The Book of Call and Response
The Book of Beginning Circle Games
The Book of Children's Song Tales
The Book of Echo Songs
The Book of Movement Exploration
The Book of Pitch Exploration
The Book of Songs and Rhymes with Beat Motions
The Book of Finger Plays and Action Songs

Contents:

  • 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

The correlating DVD's are Move It (850882) and Move It 2 (852339), available separately.

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First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond Complete Curriculum Package
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William G: I bought this for my early childhood music program. These materials are truly gems but must be used in conjunction with John Feierabend's complete program for early childhood music. Feb 23, 2014
International S: I needed something to use with my Junior Kindergarten class. A friend told me it was a great program. Oct 15, 2013
Ronnie G: Wanted something new to integrate into curriculum. Looking forward to trying this coming semester. Aug 11, 2013
Laura F: I have to start teaching Kindergarten this year, as well as love Feierabend's method, based on what I saw at IMEA in Peoria (2013). I would like to implement his curricular resources into what I do when I begin students in their music program, because I believe it will help them further develop as musicians. Jul 24, 2013
Amanda S: I teach Kindergarten music and am eager to lay the foundation for musical literacy with the First Steps series. This curriculum is high quality and exposes children to great music. Mar 1, 2013
Sara M: I currently teach children ages 5 months-5 years of age and I wanted to expand my curriculum and add fresh and news elements to my class. Nov 15, 2012
David P: Best Curriculum for K-2 out there. Sep 20, 2012
Andrew T: I am the only elementary music teacher in my district and want to improve my curriculum Sep 2, 2012
Zehua T: I will be using this curriculum for my teaching in a preschool. According to what i read, it is what I am looking for. Aug 21, 2012
Veronica H: Excellent price for this amazing resource. Sep 20, 2011
A shopper asked: Has anyone used this curriculum and if so, does it offer easy to follow lesson plans that cover a whole year? is this good for someone that has never taught music before? Feb 27, 2013
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Christina L: I have used this package in my curriculum quite a bit this year. There are some excellent songs for children in it and excellent suggestions about how to use them.

There is a section at the back of the main book that has sample lessons. There are sample lessons from first year through third year. There are not enough for the whole year. There are 12 lessons for semester 1 and 12 lessons for semester 2 of each year, which in my case would cover only six weeks.

I think it would be easy enough for a first-year music teacher to use. The songs are short and easy to learn, and, as I said earlier, there are excellent suggestions to go along with the songs.

I have not used the CDs very much at all, but I have used the rest of it extensively. I think it is a worthwhile investment. I hope this helps.
Feb 27, 2013
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St S: I have used this curriculum in a limited fashion. First Steps in Music Curriculum offers many options in a complete set of possible lessons for one year. The plans are not made, but each lesson offers 8 different types of music learning from which the teacher may select to accomplish her goals. There are CD's to accompany this curriculum so that if one has not had music training they could use the CD's to learn and teach the music. I believe if a teacher will take some time to understand the layout of the curriculum she will be able to easily create plans.
Frankly, I can recommend anything from John Feierabend, sight unseen! He is an extremely gifted pedagogue with an obvious love of children and joy in music making!
Mar 1, 2013
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Jocelyn T: I love the program and use it with as my JK/SK program. It was also the foundation for the beginning of the year program for grades 1-3 as the students did not have a lot of singing background. I would recommend that you watch the first steps lecture series if you are going to use the program. I have never taught music before but I have a music background. If you are not comfortable singing this program would not be for you. If you can't read music almost every song is on the cds but using the cds the songs seem fast so I find it better to learn the songs first. I hope this answers your questions! Feb 27, 2013
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Katie H: I currently use the curriculum with three groups, ages 2-5. It does offer enough lesson plans to cover a whole academic year. I supplement the lessons with seasonal units around Christmas and June anyway. I believe it is good for someone who hasn't taught music. One note: be sure to by the MOVE IT thing if you are planning to do that in your lessons. That is included in the lesson plans but the resources aren't in the curriculum. I believe that is a worthwhile investment and it is a well rounded program. As a trained music teacher, that is one of the things I most enjoy about it. Feb 27, 2013
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Zehua T: The curriculum contains six semesters of lesson materials. Each semester has twelve lessons. So you would have no problem to cover a whole school year. The lesson plans are pretty easy to follow. But you do need spend some to get to know your materials well.

To successfully teaching a lessons, a teacher not only needs to know the materials but also have the class management skills. If you have some experience working with young children in group setting, then you should be doing just fine.
Feb 27, 2013
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Allison C: I have many years of experience teaching early childhood music and I still find this book to be a useful repertoire tool. I also think this would be an excellent resource for someone who hasn't taught preschool music before. There are four semesters of lesson plans with 12 weeks per semester (48 total). Lessons have a fair amount of overlap from week to week because preschoolers need and enjoy the repetition of material. Feb 27, 2013
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Brenda P: First Steps in Music have easy lesson plans to follow. It is good for Pre-K to 2nd maybe 3rd grade. I saw John Feierabend in a workshop this fall. His curriculum weaves into his conversational solfege. It is very detailed.
I would also suggest The Music Effect by Joy Nelson for Kindergarten.
Mar 4, 2013
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A shopper asked: Would this curriculum be appropriate for toddlers or preschoolers?Thanks! Sep 14, 2013
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Jocelyn T: Yes, I do think that you could use this program with toddlers and preschoolers. You must be comfortable with singing to use this program to its full potential. I think of the program as an optimal kindergarten music program - if they could get this program earlier that would be wonderful! I have used much of the resources with students from kindergarten to grade 3 for students who have not had a music program before. Its focus on keeping the beat and singing simple songs, finding your singing voice and action games make it good for students of all ages. Each lesson is designed to be about a half hour - maybe for toddlers and preschoolers you could break it up into shorter chunks?

I hope this helps!
Sep 16, 2013
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William G: This is appropriate for about ages 3 on up. It is NOT appropriate for infants and toddlers.
John Feierabend has a separate curriculum for infants and toddlers you should check out. It is called "First Steps in Music for Infants and Toddlers". If West Music does not carry it, it is available from the publisher, GIA Publications.

If you plan on using any of his materials I strongly urge you to take Dr. Feierabend's course at the Hartt School in Hartford Ct in the summ. In lieu of that, please buy and watch the 5 DVD lecture series in which he explains in great deal his philosophy, research and practical tips for using his curricula and materials.
Sep 16, 2013
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Cassandra H: I am using the First Steps in Music for Preschool and Beyond Curriculum in my preschool classroom. I love the curriculum and have found it works great for preschoolers (ages 3 to 5). My students really enjoy the songs and activities and they are learning so much! Sep 16, 2013
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KM G: Yes, it would be perfect particularly for preschool, though there are many songs appropriate for toddlers too. The curriculum is packed with folk songs and singing games children love. Sep 16, 2013
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Anne L: This would be best for 3-4 year olds and up. If you're looking for things for younger children, there is a series called First Steps in Music for Infants and Toddlers. Sep 16, 2013
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Katie H: I use it for 2-5 year olds. I have a quick-moving 30 minute class so I don't do song stories until they are 3-4. Sep 16, 2013
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A shopper asked: Do you need percussion instruments for each child when using this curriculum? Jul 30, 2014
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Jocelyn T: Hello,



No, you do not require percussion instruments for each student. While students are waiting for their turn to tap the beat on a drum (or other rhythm instrument) they tap their head, shoulder, knees. It is much easier for classroom management this way! With kindergarten students I could just introduce one new rhythm instrument in a lesson and it was amazing how the students would wait and participate until it was their turn with the instrument. I love this resource!
Jul 31, 2014
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William G: This resource kit is intended to be used with john feierabend's First Steps in Music curriculum. If you cannot afford or do not want to attend a workshop offered by John Feierabend, then please buy his book First Steps in Music and/or his 5 DVD set of lectures explaining his curriculum and philosophy. You will see the toolkit used and demonstrated. Percussion instruments for every child are not necessary when using this curriculum. Jul 30, 2014
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Becky C: If you are going to use percussion instruments, then you will need one per child. I use a set of egg shakers (one per child) for some of the tapping and clapping songs/poems in the the Preschool program. Jul 30, 2014
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Anne L: No! But having a variety helps. I have my kiddos seated in 3 lines, because I have 3 of each instrument, and we take turns passing the instruments down the lines. Jul 30, 2014
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