Supplemental Music Material for Children

by FiddleChick@evpl on Tuesday, March 31 2009, 2:30pm. Viewed 917 times.

I was fortunate to come across an amazing book that greatly helped me when teaching my recorder classes last October.  Because it was such a great resource, we decided that it would be wonderful to have a copy to circulate within the branches.  This book is called "Music Today and Every Day" by Tod F. Kline.  This resource compiles lessons and activities to develop children's musical literacy.  What makes this book so spectacular is that it is organized into three grade-level sections (K - 6) making it easy to use.  Depending on the level or grade the student is currently in will then be translated into the appropriate level  of depth the resource will go into when teaching music.  For example, when distinguishing the difference between loud and soft music, Level 1 (Grade Levels K-2) students are taught that just like animals, music can be loud and soft.  However, if you were teaching a student in Level 2 (Grade 3-4), they would then be taught to distinguish various music dynamics (loud and soft) by using the proper definitions such as pianissimo, piano, forte, fortissimo and etcetera.   I would highly recommend this book as a wonderful resource for teaching music. 

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