Tales to Tell, Tales to Play
Music for Children Supplement
By Carol Erion & Linda Monssen
Four folk tales retold and arranged for music, movement, and Orff instrumentation. The adaptation of the Native American tale reveals a lesson-legend, while the other 3 conclude with a moral. The text of each tale is designed to be delivered by a narrator. This frees children for miming the action, and for movement, singing, and improvisation. Simple dances are provided, although most are not choreographed in terms of specific steps. Suggestions are made as to the type of steps that are characteristic to the culture from which the tale comes. Songs should be sung by everyone.
For grades 2 to 6 (especially upper elementary).
The Blind Men and the Elephant: (from India) includes instrumental pieces for soprano recorder, percussion, and Orff instruments.
Contest for the Sun: (Native American) includes instrumental pieces (percussion, Orff instruments, and soprano recorder) and 1 piece for voice & drum.
The Hare and the Hedgehog: (from Germany) includes 1 song for voice & instruments, 1 piece for soprano recorder and alto xylophone, 2 hedgehog themes (1 sung, 1 on temple blocks), and 1 speech & unpitched percussion piece.
Tunji and the Giant: (from Africa) includes 1 piece for voice and unpitched percussion, a few percussion pieces/motifs, and 1 soprano recorder piece.
Instruments used: soprano & tenor recorder, soprano & alto glock, soprano xylophone, alto xylophone, bass xylophone, alto metallophone, temple blocks, tambourine, cowbell, finger cymbals, hand drum, woodblock, guitar w/ mallets, bells, rattle, conga, bongos, bass drum, rocks, gong.
5.0 (based on 1 customer reviews)
from Williamsburg, VA
Used in World Music performance by fifth graders
Pros: very accessible for fifth graders; useful as performance piece
Cons: non that I can think of!
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