The complexities she discovered within her young participants' natural music making in terms of rhythm, melody and movement is often at odds with standard classroom practice, suggesting the need for music teachers to pay more attention to what their students are actually doing outside of school. Of particular interest are the author s insights into how certain songs and games cross borders and the role these games play in helping students from diverse cultures assimilate into the dominant school culture.
text includes 16 one-hour lessons with cal expression is developed through the RMM, this book will get you started. a “celebration” at the end of every body. Next is the “Musical Language” Included are group teaching ideas and eight weeks. The included CD is inte- section, which presents music nomen- a section on RMM philosophy, as well gral in the learning process. clature. Most lessons include an as student recruiting suggestions. The Student Handbook is well “Explore” section, which gives the Lesson plans form the core of the designed. Each lesson starts with opportunity to get deeper into the book. “Music Wellness.” Here is where musi- pieces. Each lesson includes repertoire. Reflective Moments is a supplemental Off staff nota- text for reinforcing the Student tion is used first, Handbook’s concepts. The authors, who E xpertise Piano Expertise but the grand staff is presented wrote most of the pieces, include a nice version of “Santa Lucia.” Sacred at your fingertips fingertips quite soon. I particularly Moments and Christmas Moments pro- vide more reinforcement. like the use of The Student Handbook contains 35 chord “shells” in pages of pieces, concepts and exercises. the left hand. The pages are sparse, but the knowl- These shells can edge contained on the pages is dense. be expanded to For the novice, this approach may full chords in seem a bit unusual. I taught on a the “Explore” cruise using a similar program called portion of the “Passport to Music.” I was thrilled at lesson. Symbols the results the program produced. I always come predict similar satisfaction and success after the con- for your beginning adult recreational cept. For exam- pianists. ––Reviewed by Michelle ple, students Conda, University of Cincinnati w w w. p t g . o r g learn to play broken chords before they are 8 The Musical Playground: Global Tradition and Change in Children’s presented the Songs and Games, by Kathryn Marsh. symbol (nota- Oxford University Press, 2009. tion). www.us.oup.com; (800) 451-7556; 431 The Teacher’s pp. $99.
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