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Quien canta su mal espanta!



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Quien canta su mal espanta!
(Singing Drives Away Sorrow)
Music for Children series
By Sofia Lopez-Ibor and Verena Maschat.  
Book and DVD
88 pages
Grades PreK - Middle School

Master teachers,  Lopez-Ibor and Maschat present a collection of songs, games, dances, stories and instrumental pieces from each of the Spanish-speaking countries in Central and South America. The authors have chosen music from the indigenous populations, from the African tradition brought in by the slaves, from the mestizo style mixing local and foreign elements and from the Spanish Colonialists whose old songs changed in the new world.

Materials for all age groups - preschool through middle school - are included with extension ideas. All the musical arrangements were written to respect the features of the original style, with suggestions for traditional percussion where possible. Some use Orff instruments. Several instrument building projects are included to promote exploration of Latin American music. Included with each song is a literal translation of the text. In most cases, lyrics are short enough to be taught by rote.

Two stories - a creation myth and a fable - are included that invite further development. Two songs in Quechua, an Indian dialect, are included as well as 3 villancicos (Spanish Christmas carols).

The included DVD has practical demonstrations of the dances. They are marked with DVD in the contents below.


  • Argentina  -  Canten senores (Carnavaliot) DVD, De allacito (Carnavalito), Florcita de alheli (Kaluyo)
  • Bolivia - Alma, vida y corazon (Cueca)
  • Chile - Quien canta su mal espanta!, La nina Maria DVD
  • Colombia - La culebra
  • Costa Rica - Miron DVD
  • Cuba - La bella Lola (Habanera)
  • Ecuador - Pasillo
  • El Salvador - La feria de San Andres
  • Guatemala - Vamos a la mar, El hombre celoso
  • Honduras - Candu
  • Mexico - Naranja dulce DVD, La botella DVD, La pinata
  • Nicaragua - Dormite ninito
  • Panama - La paloma
  • Paraguay - Se va la lancha
  • Peru - Maria Juana (Huayno) DVD, Para ti (Huayno)
  • Puerto Rico - El coqui, El canto del coqui (Mito)
  • Republica Dominicana - La chambelona
  • Uruguay - La abejita perezosa (Cuento)
  • Venezuela - Arbolito sabanero (Joropo)
  • Songs in indigenous languages - Piama/Bolivia, Yau yau/Peru
  • Christmas Carols - A adorar al Nino/Venezuela, Ay huachi torito!/Bolivia, Tonadita y quena/Peru


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