Quien Canta Su Mal Espanta! (Singing Drives Away Sorrow)
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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
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 DVDColombia - La culebraCosta Rica - Miron DVD
Cuba - La bella Lola (Habanera)Ecuador - Pasillo
El Salvador - La feria de San Andres
Guatemala - Vamos a la mar, El hombre celosoHonduras - CanduMexico - Naranja dulce DVD, La botella DVD, La pinata
Nicaragua - Dormite ninitoPanama - La paloma
Paraguay - Se va la lanchaPeru - 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
Great Resource but best for Upper-Elementary&Middle School
This is a great resource to perform folk music from Latin America; however, I do not recommend this source for elementary. There are some pieces that are suited for 4th grade, but I find that some of the rhythmic and melodic material does not follow the Kodaly sequence.