For many years teachers and their students have enthusiastically embraced the simple, but profound, idea that we learn music best by making it ourselves. By such means, we achieve demonstrable outcomes that make the case for music as a crucial component of the education of all students. “Artful-Playful-Mindful” embodies this approach with a curriculum model built on rhythm and pitch elements that inspire all to make music (artful), to make up music (playful), and to make sense of music (mindful). While written from an Orff Schulwerk perspective, this book provides appealing materials and stimulating ideas to engage all music educators. Students will discover that by participating in group music activities, they are thinking and behaving in ways that relate not only to learning about music but to learning about anything.
A wealth of carefully selected rhythmic and melodic pieces for grades 2 - 7 are included in this book, providing artistic resources to implement the curriculum. Sample projects using these materials illustrate how to build a year's worth of musical skills and understandings in only ten projects. While involved in active music making and thinking, students develop cognitive, musical, and social skills that are useful not only in school but in life.
Jane Frazee offers new considerations regarding why and how music is a unique contributor to the lives of students of all ages. In this book, teachers will discover how music learning relates to all learning.