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By Kerri Lynn Nichols
69 pages

Songs and arrangements for all ages that celebrate the creative human spirit through song, dance, recorder, and percussion. Some arrangements have piano accompaniments included. Unpitched percussion and Orff barred instruments parts are often given. 

Each composition or arrangement has teaching suggestions, movement ideas, creative extensions, and a suggested lesson plan format. 

Part One: Philosophy
That Is Why I Teach Music
Inspiration: A Definition
We Teach Life Skills
Principles and Pedagogy
     The Elements of Music and Dance
     Learning Sequence: Imitation to Creation
     Teaching Process
Creativity, Play and Improvisation
     Improvisational Forms
Building Community
Every Child Needs a Drum
     Drum Exercises and Techniques
Conceptual/Musical Name Games
Instrument/Vocal Abbreviation Guide

Part Two: Compositions and Arrangements
Over My Head
I Am Powerful (Mantra)
Pachelbel Canon
I'm Gonna Sing When the Spirit Says Sing
Walkin' Now in Beauty
Shine Your Light
Don't Worry...Be Happy!
Waltz of the Toys
Rondo a la Copland
Everybody Needs a Drum
I Am the Song
Follow Me, Moon
The Wishing Song
Music Is Our Common Ground
Freedom Is Coming


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Additional Resources

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