Raccoon Philosopher


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The Raccoon Philosopher
Music for Children Series
By Danai Gagne-Apostolidou and Judith Thomas-Solomon
66 pages

An original mini-musical in mixed and irregular meters, for upper elementary grades. This program uses the Orff-Schulwerk approach to create a unique mini-musical, inspired by Martin Buber's thoughts in Ten Rungs: Hassidic Sayings. The program helps the music teacher and students feel comfortable creating and performing mixed and irregular meters and some modes.

Carefully designed lesson plans embrace playing recorders and Orff instruments, singing, moving, and improvising, and are written as preparatory activities for the scenes of the mini-musical as well as springboards for interdisciplinary connections. Students have a role in the creation of the program through invented speech additions and original choreographies.

For upper elementary grades. 

Acknowledgements, Foreword, On Irregular & Mixed Meters, The Raccoon Is..., The Teaching Goals of The Raccoon Philosopher Are..., Instrumentarium and Instrument Abbreviations, Endnotes.  

Preparatory Sequences: Take My Hand, Service by Night, There's a Can Down the Way, Found Sound Jam, Night Winds, The Hunt   

The Raccoon Philosopher, A Mini-Musical: Order of Scenes, Script and Staging Suggestions, Take My Hand, Service By Night, There's a Can Down the Way, Found Sound Jam, Night Winds, The Hunt, Hunted by People, Still We Endure, Take My Hand (reprise).

Instruments used: soprano and alto glock; soprano, alto and bass xylophone; soprano, alto and bass metallophone; contra bass bars D, E and B; soprano recorder; cello; timpani; hand drum (also medium and large drums); bongos; conga; temple blocks; woodblock; slapstick; guiro; ratchet; cabasa; finger cymbals; cymbal; cowbell; tambourine; bell tree; wind chimes; some household items (bottle, large jug, garbage can lid, etc.).


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