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Sing and Shine On!
An Innovative Guide to Leading Multicultural Song
By Nick Page
178 pages

The teacher's guide to multicultural song leading. Part 1 examines the power of singing from both cultural and physical perspectives.

Part 2 explains how to teach songs effectively by outlining 4 simple rules of song teaching, then suggesting in detail a basic strategy for teaching a song by rote. Includes some example songs, call and response, using movements and storytelling as a means to communicate the essence of a song as well as through teaching text and melody. Techniques for working with vocal tone and intonation and a chapter on troubleshooting.

Part 3 gives 65 reasons why singing and music are important in education and life, followed by valuable appendices including a list of song recommendations, resource guide and extensive bibliography. Songs contained in the book have melody line and lyrics.

Part 1
- What is the Power of Singing: We Can All Sing with Power, The Powers of Music, The Story of Music, Music and Learning.

Part 2 - How Do We Teach Songs: 4 Simple Rules (of song teaching), Basic Strategy for Rote Song Teaching, More Song Teaching Strategies, Everyone Can Sound Beautiful, Everyone Can Sing in Tune, Using the Power of a Song's Tradition, How to Make Your Songs More Exciting, How to Find Powerful Songs, The Singing Celebration, Troubleshooting.

Part 3 - Why Is Music Necessary: 65 Reasons Why Singing Should Be Central to Education and Life, A Look to the Future.

Appendix A: Suggested Tools and Supplies to Help You in Teaching Songs.
Appendix B: Powerful Song Suggestions with Sources and Age Recommendations.
Resource Guide; Bibliography; Supplement: More Songs for Group Singing.


  • N'kosi Sikeleli Afrika
  • Thula Klizeo (Joseph Shabalala)
  • Kadima (Israel)
  • Thuma Mina N'Kosia (South African Zulu prayer)
  • Woke Up This Mornin'
  • Building Bridges
  • Wearing My Long Winged Feathers (contemporary Native American)
  • Hey Ho Nobody Home
  • There Is More Love Somewhere (African American)
  • Cumbayah (African American)
  • Amazing Grace
  • Amigos
  • There's a River Flowin' In My Soul
  • Somebody Prayed
  • The Duchess at Tea
  • Cockles & Mussels
  • Silvie
  • O Hal'lwe (Native American)
  • Dowidzenia (Poland)
  • La Macchina del Capo (Italy)


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