Kristy Brumfield, Youth Coordinator
Tecolote (Song of the Little Owl)
This beautiful Spanish lullaby was inspired by the composer's childhood memories. It is a simple, two part piece with a lilting melody, characteristic spanish rhythms, and a piano accompaniment that has a guitar feel. Its beauty and simplicity are a perfect complement to the innocence of children's voices. You will be humming this one long after the concert has ended.
Choristers Guild CGA280
This exciting, rhythmic piece is perfect for choirs just beginning to explore two-part singing. The melody is quite singable, with just enough of a challenge to give your young singers a true sense of accomplishment. The message of the text is perhaps its best feature: "Make your life a song to God!" Whether programming for school, festival, or concert, this is sure to become a favorite of your singers.
Oxford University Press 9780193408296
For young voices, can you go wrong with Rutter? Definitely not with this piece. This secular piece is perfect for children's voices with its fantasy and fairytale-laced text. The harmonies are simple, yet challenging enough for beginning part singers to enjoy. The melody is quite lyrical with just a touch of pop, characteristic of Rutter's writing. Audiences and singers alike will fall in love with this ode to childhood innocence.
Fun with Boomwhackers
This resource is a must for any teacher who incorporates Boomwhackers into their lessons. The book includes twenty songs and lessons, presented in order of difficulty, that incorporate the NAfME standards. There are also lessons that utilize movement and mallet techniques. The lessons are easily adaptable for your classroom needs. Boomwhackers are a fun way to reinforce sight reading skills, and can be used for an out-of-the-ordinary accompaniment to a piece or two for your children's choir. This book is a great place to start if you would like to explore ways to use Boomwhackers in your music classes.