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Cardany, Audrey Berger – General Music Today, 2017
In this article, the author shares favorite children's books and stories for integrating language and music during shared-book experiences. The music activities described are aimed to contribute to the overall singing development for children in preschool and primary grades. Music and reading teachers will enjoy sharing these books with early…
Descriptors: Books, Childrens Literature, Music, Music Activities
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Cardany, Audrey Berger – General Music Today, 2017
Music and reading domains require similar auditory processing skills. Students employ these skills when learning a new song through an oral/aural or rote-teaching approach. In this article, I review literature on the effectiveness of immersion and phrase-by-phrase approaches for teaching a song with or without words. Then, using an amusing…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Singing, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness
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Cardany, Audrey Berger – General Music Today, 2015
Word sorts are standard practice for aiding children in acquiring skills in English language arts. When included in the general music classroom, word sorts may aid students in acquiring a working knowledge of music vocabulary. The author shares a word sort activity drawn from vocabulary in John Lithgow's children's book "Never Play…
Descriptors: Music Education, Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills, Childrens Literature
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Cardany, Audrey Berger – General Music Today, 2015
Drawn from Britta Techentrup's children's book "Little Wolf's Song", the author shares music activities appropriate for preschool and children in primary grades. Children will enjoy Technentrup's tender family story, while exploring vocal and instrumental timbres, as well as reading, writing, and creating with melodic contour.
Descriptors: Music Activities, Music Education, Preschool Education, Elementary Education
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Cardany, Audrey Berger – General Music Today, 2014
Sound tracks serve a valuable purpose in film and video by helping tell a story, create a mood, and signal coming events. Holst's "Mars" from "The Planets" yields a coincidental soundtrack to Eric Rohmann's Caldecott-winning book, "Time Flies." This pairing provides opportunities for upper elementary and…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Music Techniques, Music Theory
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Cardany, Audrey Berger – General Music Today, 2014
Tom Lichtenheld shares a new story of the power of music by illustrating Joe Raposo's classic "Sesame Street" song "Sing." In addition to lesson suggestions for general music classes, a discussion of and application to the theory of transactional reading are included.
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Singing, Music Teachers
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Cardany, Audrey Berger – General Music Today, 2014
"Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money" is a children's book about math; however, when sharing it in the music classroom, street cries and clapping games emerge. Jenkins' and Karas' book provides a springboard to lessons addressing several music elements, including form, tempo, and rhythm, as well as…
Descriptors: Music, Music Activities, Music Education, Mathematics Education
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Cardany, Audrey Berger – General Music Today, 2013
Language and music literacy share a similar process of understanding that progresses from sensory experience to symbolic representation. The author identifies Bruner’s modes of understanding as they relate to using narrative in the music classroom to enhance music reading at iconic and symbolic levels. Two sound stories are included for…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music Reading, Music Techniques, Classroom Techniques
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Cardany, Audrey Berger – General Music Today, 2012
Language sometimes creates confusion when teaching music concepts to children. Incorporating children's literature may further enhance children's comprehension of music vocabulary when preceded by listening and moving experiences, as well as singing and playing instruments. "The Quiet Book," and its companion, "The Loud Book!" both authored by…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Music Education, Music, Concept Teaching
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Cardany, Audrey Berger – General Music Today, 2012
Dayle Ann Dodds and Rosanne Litzinger's children's book, "Sing, Sophie!" provides the elementary general music teacher with an opportunity to read a captivating children's story, sing the main character's song and play her guitar, and create a song as well as instrumental music. Lessons outlined in this article may culminate in a veritable musical…
Descriptors: Music Education, Singing, Music Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Cardany, Audrey Berger – General Music Today, 2011
The Listening Walk by Paul Showers and illustrated by Aliki, and "It's My City: A Singing Map" by April Pulley Sayre with pictures by Denis Roche, provide two examples of texts that aid in building children's phonological awareness for reading and music. The author describes each narrative and discusses its function as a springboard to composition…
Descriptors: Music Education, Singing, Phonology, Phonological Awareness
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Cardany, Audrey Berger – General Music Today, 2011
Nancy White Carlstrom's children's book, "Northern Lullaby," conjures through poetry the beauty of the Alaskan landscape in the evening. The book provides an opportunity for music teachers to help their students transform text and visual images to music. The author describes connections for reading comprehension in the general music…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Music Education, Music, Music Teachers