Advanced research continually points to the importance of music in the lives of young children. Written by John Feierabend, a national leader in early childhood music education, this creatively illustrated book contains everything you need to lead a music class for preschool and early elementary students. Includes lesson plans for a three-year curriculum, echo songs, call-and-response songs, simple songs, song tales, action songs, circle games, beat motion activities and more. The repertoire is based solely on folk and traditional songs and rhymes due to their natural melodic expressiveness and flow of language, and for their texts filled with wonder. The curriculum coordinates with the following CDs that contain all the rhymes and music included in the book: Had a Little Rooster #10004773; There's a Hole in the Bucket #10004770; Old Joe Clark #10004775, and Keeping the Beat #3280872.