Who are the very best advocates for your school's music programs? The kids! Advocacy is a continuous process of diligent education to bring awareness about the benefits of music learning to the general public. And, kids can expertly share the joy of music making and learning in a variety of different ways. The authors worked together to develop a musical revue about the wonder of music. Each of the seven original songs can be performed together as a complete program, or they can be sung in other contexts as well. The 30-minute revue includes piano/vocal arrangements with choreography, short narrations for up to 65 speaking parts and digital access to student PDFs. To perform with recordings, the Performance Kit includes the Teacher Edition and digital access to student PDFs and performance/accompaniment audio recordings. Songs include: Music Is an Everyday Thing, Many Things I Learned I Learned Through Music, Playing Music Is Hard Work, A Song in My Heart, Working Together, If I Didn't Have Music, Our Place in the Choir. In addition to a musical revue, the second half of the book is focused on strategies, ideas and conversations about the importance of music study in children's and adolescents' lives. There are even writing and advocacy activities to engage students in the promotion of the critical role that music plays in their lives. The ten chapters concentrate on attributes of music education and how children benefit from music study highlighted in the Broader Minded Campaign put forth by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME): Decision Making, Grit, Multiple Ways of Knowing, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, Emotional Awareness, Reflective Learning, and Process Orientation. Suggested for grades 2-6.
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