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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


  • 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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West Music Store
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.
William G on Feb 23, 2014
Wanted something new to integrate into curriculum. Looking forward to trying this coming semester.
Ronnie G on Aug 11, 2013
I needed something to use with my Junior Kindergarten class. A friend told me it was a great program.
International S on Oct 15, 2013
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.
Laura F on Jul 24, 2013
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?
A shopper on Feb 27, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Christina L on Feb 27, 2013
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Would this curriculum be appropriate for toddlers or preschoolers?Thanks!
A shopper on Sep 14, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · William G on Sep 16, 2013
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Do you need percussion instruments for each child when using this curriculum?
A shopper on Jul 30, 2014
Best Answer: 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!
Reply · Report · Jocelyn T on Jul 31, 2014
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Does this curriculum give children opportunities to play simple percussive instruments such as egg shakers, bells, scarves?
A shopper on Feb 28, 2017
Best Answer: While this is not a curriculum that focuses on instruments, it does give some opportunities for use of woodblocks, egg shakers and other basic rhythm instruments.
Reply · Report · Adam HStaff on Mar 10, 2017
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