Step into the lives of American composers Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, Leroy Anderson, William Grant Still, Leonard Bernstein and Amy Beach with this resource of engaging stories, fun facts, songs, and active listening lessons. Have fun reading and acting out these age-appealing stories along with performing a variety of musical styles with the original songs that accompany them. Follow the beautifully designed full-color music maps as you listen to full-length recorded orchestral versions of Hoedown from "Rodeo", Variations on "America", Sleigh Ride, Afro-American Symphony, Scherzo from"West Side Story", and Piano Concerto in C-Sharp Minor. The teacher edition includes piano/vocal arrangements of each song, easy-to-follow lesson plans, and a helpful production guide for performance options. The full-color singer's editions feature song vocals, composer stories and listening maps. The classroom kit includes the teacher's edition, singer's edition 20-pak and the CD pak. The CD's provide performance/accompaniment tracks for the songs, and six masterwork recordings.