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Folksongs Music Appreciation
The Gordon Method Music and Literacy




Recorder Books

recorder book IrwinMusic Fundamentals : A Performance Approach by Phyllis A. Irwin

recorder book HotteterrePrinciples of the Flute, Recorder and Oboe by Jacques Hotteterre / Paperback / Published 1984

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Kodaly Resources

Grace NashCreative Approaches to Child Development With Music, Language, and Movement : Incorporating the Philosophies and Techniques of Orff, Kodaly and Laban

Grace C. Nash / Paperback / Published 1974

Kodaly 35 Lesson Plans and Folk Song Supplement
Lorna Zemke / Paperback / Published 1976

I could find no image for this book, but to view more resources by this author, visit the
Silver Lake College Library or The World Library Catalog

book ChoksyThe Kodaly Method : Comprehensive Music Education from Infant to Adult Lois Choksy / Paperback / Published 1987

Anything by Katinka Daniel is great!

(no image available) Kodaly in Kindergarten: 50 Lesson Plans, Curriculum, Song Collection Katinka Scipiades Daniel / Paperback / Published 1981

For more Kodaly Resources click here:Nothing But Kodaly!

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Reading and the Arts

book DoitMywayDo It My Way is an outstanding book that integrates music and reading literacy. The book is written by Grace Nash, Geraldine Jones, Barbara Potter and Patsy Smith. This is a handbook for building creative teaching experiences. This book tells you how to teach the way the child learns best. Subjects that are covered using music, chants, rhythm, rhymes and more are, Language Arts, Arithmetic and Ecology.

More Songs used for teaching other subjects in the curriculum.

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book drum_machine200 Drum Machine Patterns by Rene-Pierre Bardet / Paperback / Published 1988

book acoustic_guitarThe Acoustic Guitar : Adjustment, Care, Maintenance and Repair by Don E. Teeter / Paperback / Published 1996

book african_banjoAfrican Banjo Echoes in Appalachia: A Study of FolkTraditions (Publications of the American Folklore Society - New Series) by Cecelia Conway / Paperback / Published 1995

book african_musicAfrican Music : A People's Art by Francis Bebey / Paperback / Published 1990

book wind instru-makerThe Amateur Wind Instrument Maker by Trevor Robinson / Paperback / Published 1981

american_guitarAmerican Guitars: An Illustrated History by Tom Wheeler / Paperback / Published 1992

Any Sound You Can Imagine : Making Music/Consuming Technology (Music/Culture) by Paul Theberge / Hardcover / Published 1997

american_guitar88 Keys : The Making of a Steinway Piano by Miles Chapin, Rodica Prato

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big road bluesBig Road Blues : Tradition and Creativity in the Folk Blues by David Evans / Paperback / Published 1988

blues harmonicaBlues and Rock Harmonica Made Easy by David Harp / Paperback / Published 1993

( no image available) Blues Off the Record : Thirty Years of Blues Commentary Ships in 2-3 days Paul Oliver / Paperback

boogie marches ragtimeBoogie, Marches, and Ragtime (At Your Fingertips) by Frank Metis / Paperback / Published 1996

blues and boogieHow to Play Blues and Boogie Piano Styles by Aaron Blumenfeld / Paperback / Published 1995

blues legacyThe Legacy of the Blues: A Glimpse into the Art and the Lives of Twelve Great Bluesmen: An Informal Study by Samuel Barclay Charters / Paperback / Published 1988

leadbellyLeadbelly Sings For Children ~ Leadbelly

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Music Appreciation

classic tunesClassic Tunes & Tales: Ready-To-Use Music Listening Lessons & Activities for Grades K-8
This practical resource gives music teachers a unique collecton of lessons and activities to build interest in classical music, while developing knowledge of form, mood, melody, harmony, tempo and rhythm. For easy use, the 50 tunes and 50 tales are organized into 5 sections with suggested grade levels and REPRODUCIBLE activity pages, spiral bound for convenient photocopying. Sprial bound, 340 pages.

teacher almanacThe Music Teacher's Almanac: Ready-To-Use Music Activities for Every Month of the Year
This is a must have for all elementary school music teachers! If you don't have this book, get it! It has activities for special days throughout the year (even days you might have never known about). The material is well suited to any age and is well liked by the upper grades (which can sometimes be hard to find). The activities are easy to set up and usually fill up one class period. This book is a good investment.

listeningWhat to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland, William Schuman
It doesn't matter what kind of music you enjoy, everyone can get something out of this book. Through relating more closely to classical music, Aaron Copland's ideas for listening to music will give the reader a better appreciation and understanding of whatever music they listen to.

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jazz improvCreative Jazz Improvisation by Scott D. Reeves

Dizzy - BebopDizzy Gillespie and the Birth of Bebop by Leslie Gourse / School & Library Binding / Published 1995

( no image available) Jazz Piano C : A Jazz History by Billy Taylor

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computer musicElectronic and Computer Music by Peter Manning / Paperback / Published 1995

sound machineThe Incredible Sound Machine : Unleash the Sound Capabilities of Your MacIntosh Computer/Book and Disk by Mark Andrews

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The Learning Theory - Edwin Gordon
Advanced Measures of Music Audiation

Skill, Content and Patterns

A Music Learning Theory by Edwin Gordon. 1997, GIA Publications, Inc. Chicago.

E. Gordon MusicA Music Learning Theory for Newborn and Young Children by Edwin Gordon.1997, GIA Publications, Inc. Chicago.

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Literature for the Music Classroom
Popular Children Songs Illustrated

There'll be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight by Robert Quackenbush (hard to find)

over in the meadowOver in the Meadow by Olive A. Wadsworth, Ezra Jack Keats (Illustrator) / Paperback / Published 1991

Oh, A-Hunting We Will Go by John M. Langstaff (Hard to Find) Published 1991

She'll be comin' round the Mountain by Robert Quackenbush (hard to find)

Pop Goes the Weasel and Yankee Doodle by Robert Quackenbush (hard to find)

de coloresde Colores and other Latin American Songs by Jose-Luis Orozco, Elisa Kleven (Illustrator) / Hardcover / Published 1994

I've been Working on the Railroad by Nadine Bernard Westcott, Published 1996

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Composer Books

15 ComposersA-Z of Classical Composers ~ Usually ships in 24 hours, Peter Gammond / Hardcover / Published 1997



Mozart, (Famous Children's Series) by Ann Rachlin




The Complete Idiot's Guide to Classical Music by Robert Sherman, Philip Seldon


  KrullLives of the Musicians (and what the neighbors thought) by Kathleen Krull. This is truly an excellent book. My students absolutely LOVE the juicy tidbits that this author provides. It helps bring relevance to the fact that these composers were "regular" people with the same needs and desires as we all have.

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Books on Technique

Getting Great Guitar Sounds: A Non-Technical Approach to Developing, Controlling, and Shaping Your Own Personal Sound
by Michael Ross / Paperback / Published 1989

Guitar Technique : Intermediate to Advanced by Hector Quine

The Horn Handbook by Verne Reynolds / Hardcover / Published 1997


How to Play Drums by James Blades, Johnny Dean / Paperback / Published 1992


How to Play Keyboards by Roger Evans / Paperback / Published 1992

How to Play Saxophone by Robert John Brown, John Robert Brown / Paperback / Published 1994

Instant Harmonica : Quick and Easy Instruction for the Beginner by Patrick F. Byrne / Paperback / Published 1993

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Rock and Roll

Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew by Hal Blaine Published 1990
Hal Blaine: One of the most recorded rock drummer in the history of the industry.

The History of Marshall: The Illustrated Story of 'the Sound of Rock by Michael Doyle, Jon Eiche (Editor) / Paperback / Published 1993

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Personally Recommended


Jazz A-Z by Peter Clayton and Peter Gammond
This book is superb for referencing any Jazz and Blues musician or performer from the period of "when it all began".

Has wonderful information for spicing up your Blues and Jazz lessons in February.


Sing For Freedom by Guy Carawan / Paperback / Published 1990

  What a Wonderful World by George Weiss and Bob Theile
This is a beautifully illustrated book based around the song that Louis Armstrong made so popular in the 60's. What a wonderful WAY to bring the spirit of Louis Armstrong to your classroom for Black History month in February. (USA)


Bach to Rock Introduction to Famous Composers and Their Music With Related Activities Rosemary G. Kennedy / Paperback / Published 1993 This is an excellent resource which comes with a cassette of listening lessons and there are activity pages which will help guide your students through the lessons. I have thoroughly enjoyed having this book.

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Songs about Freedom
Black American Freedom Songs 1960-66 Voices of the Civil / Audio CD / Published 1997

Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Folk Thought from Slavery to Freedom, Lawrence W. Levine / Paperback / Published 1978

Bob Marley : Songs of Freedom Adrian Boot, Chris Salewicz / Hardcover / Published1995

Everybody Says Freedom Pete Seeger, Bob Reiser / Paperback / Published 1990


Sing for Freedom The Story of the Civil Rights Movement Through Its Songs
I can't say enough about this book. This is a resource to end all. It has an incredible format, which not only gives the facts behind the song's creation but it also has many images taken from the historical period of the Civil Rights Movement. The story behind the images are worth having the book, the music is the icing on top. Do yourself and your students a favor. Make history come alive through this songbook. by Candie Carawan Guy Carawan / Paperback / Published 1990

'When the Spirit Says Sing!' : The Role of Freedom Songs in the Civil Rights Movement (Garland Studies in American Popular History and Culture) Kerran L. Sanger / Hardcover / Published 1996

Freedom in the Air: Song Movements of the Sixties Josh Dunson / Hardcover / Published 1980

Freedom's Lyre : Or Psalms, Hymns and Sacred Songs for the Slave and His Friends Edwin F. Hatfield / Hardcover / Published 1940

Songs of Peace, Freedom, and Protest Tom, Comp. Glazer / Published 1970

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Gonna Sing my Head off!American Folk Songs for Children by Kathleen Krull, Allen Garns (Illustrator) / Published 1992.


American Folksongs for Children by Ruth Crawford Seeger / Paperback / Published 1980

Folksongs of Britain and Ireland Peter Kennedy / Paperback / Published 1984


We All Go Together: Creative Activities for Children to Use With Multicultural Folksongs/Book and Cassette by Doug Lipman / Paperback / Published 1994


African Folksongs Children's Songs from Ghana by C.K. Lodzekpo, Victor Tieko / Hardcover / Published 1940


Folksongs from the Carribbean Paperback / Published 1993.

Step It Down: Games, Plays, Songs and Stories from the Afro-American Heritage (Paperback)

150 American Folk Songs: To Sing, Read and Play (Paperback)



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