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From Folk Songs to Masterworks
Ann Eisen and Lamar Robertson
Only the best is good enough for children. This means that we use only the
best folk songs and the best art music. Pedagogically, the system of presenting
masterworks in this volume takes its impetus from folk songs and games that
the students love to sing and play.
It builds on the skills they have acquired and mastered during the reinforcement
or practice of a particular element. We hope that the children we
teach will come to love the art music as much as they love the songs and
From Folk Songs to Masterworks is a new book that is divided into
grade, although most of the lesson fragments can be used interchangeably
among all grades. 77 art music examples and lessons are included in the book.
The art music examples come from a variety of composers including Bach,
Haydn, Beethoven, Debussy, Copland, Bartok, and others. Background
information is given for each musical example as well as abbreviated examples
of music scores included for the teacherís benefit. CD recordings of the art
music are incorporated for classroom use. Appendices including song lists,
games, a glossary of terms, and CD information can be found in the appendices
at the end of the book and are designed to assist the teacher.
The goal of From Folk Songs to Masterworks is to present masterworks
educated listener. Folk music and art music help to build a more coherent and
cooperative society. This beauty and richness in these forms of music is the
substance that instills higher qualities to our lifelong existence. By working
together to solve problems and create something that is lasting and beautiful,
we make the world a better place in which to live and appreciate each other.
Book with 4 CDs, 285 pages.