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Music is Elementary Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for Elementary and Middle School Music Classrooms, Book 4 - Sams/Hepburn/Trinka - Book

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Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for Elementary and Middle School Music Classrooms, Book 4 - Sams/Hepburn/Trinka - Book
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Authors: Roger Sams, BethAnn Hepburn
Editor: Jill Trinka
Format: Book
Version: Classroom Materials

Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for Elementary and Middle School Music Classrooms is an extensive collection of curricular materials for learning music by making music. Based on the philosophies of Orff Schulwerk, Kodaly, and eurhythmics, this collection of developmentally sequenced learning activities offers elementary and middle school general music educators diverse choices for how to present folk song from diverse cultures and original material, including lessons in singing, literacy, movement, improvisation, composition, and instrumental ensemble. Each lesson is a collection of learning pathways, to be selected by the teacher, that unfold over time offering possibilities for differentiated instruction and flexibility in diverse classroom settings. This flexible design makes this resource helpful to all teachers, first year to seasoned educators!

Printable manipulatives for composition activities are available as a free digital download with the purchase of the book.

Electronic visuals (in SMART Notebook, Promethean ActivInspire, and PowerPoint formats) are available as an additional purchase in CD-ROM and digital download formats.

Purposeful Pathways is endorsed by thought leaders in elementary and middle school general music. Heres what the experts are saying:

From the wonderful musical selections, to the clearly written lesson sequences, to the electronic visuals, Purposeful Pathways 4 is a beautiful culmination to the Purposeful Pathways series. The activities included in this book encompass all modes of music making, including singing, rhythmic speaking, dancing and creative movement, and activities for Orff instruments, non-pitched percussion instruments, and recorder. Pieces are taught by rote and by reading, and students are led to improvise using the rhythmic and melodic concepts they have learned. It's all here--presented in a logical, sequential fashion. Music educators will find this book extremely valuable, whether using it as a resource or as the foundation of their curriculum. Because flexibility is key to the intent of the book, teachers of all levels of experience from varied educational and specialized training backgrounds will find this book to be a "must-have" in their collection of educational resources.
- Julie Scott, Ph.D., Professor of Practice in Music Education, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University
Past President, American Orff-Schulwerk Association

The genius of the Purposeful Pathways series is its ability to speak to where teachers are in their expertise without patronising. Each lesson considers the teacher's need for flexibility and gives space for decisions that will support teaching and learning in any given situation. Lessons are applicable and structured while joyful and student-centred. Roger and BethAnn's experience in the classroom, their enjoyment in exploring pedagogy, and skill in communication shines throughout. What an invaluable and timeless resource!
- Lorelei Batislaong
Assistant Instructor, Music and Human Learning, Butler School of Music, The University of Texas at Austin
Past Region Representative, American Orff-Schulwerk Association
Chair, American Orff-Schulwerk Association Diversity Sub-Committee
Texas State Director, National Association for Music Education

Purposeful Pathways 4 is a must have resource for all general music educators, whether you are a first-year teacher, or a seasoned pro. Through play and exploration, students experience singing, saying, moving, playing, and so much more, utilising quality materials that students love. I have been using Purposeful Pathways in my classroom for years, and I am delighted that the fourth book is finally here!
- Joyce Stephansky
Elementary Music Educator, Fairfax County Public Schools
Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Music, George Mason University
Director, Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Program, George Mason University
Past Chair, Post Level III Sub-Committee, American Orff Schulwerk Association

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