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While young children explore language through the rhythm and rhyme of song, music is one of the important bonds tweens and teens share with their peer group. But no matter what age your students are, it’s likely they respond to music, providing you with an enjoyable way to connect with them.
This post is filled with multimedia online resources about books and authors that will inspire you to integrate more music (and musical references) into your lesson plans.
Biographies of Jazz Musicians with Caldecott Award Winner Chris Raschka
I vividly recall filming this movie in Chris Raschka’s New York City studio on a 100-plus degree day. Raschka almost always works with music playing in the background and his love of jazz inspired him to write and illustrate a handful of picture books about jazz artists, including Thelonious Monk in Mysterious Thelonious(Orchard, 1997). In this video, watch as Raschka transposes a Monk rhapsody into a color-based language. Wow!
Julie Andrews, Spokesperson for Integrating Literature, Music, and the Performing Arts
The passion Julie Andrews Edwards and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton bring to reading is infectious. This original TeachingBooks.net movie and in-depth interview were produced to demonstrate the classroom connections that can be made among music, books, and the performing arts.
An Old Song Inspired an Author’s Nickname
Song intermingles with narrative as author Kate Coombs tells the story of her nickname in this recording from the TeachingBooks.net Author Name Pronunciation Guide.
Eloise Greenfield and the Rhythms of Rap
In this original Book Reading, poet and award-winning author Eloise Greenfield shares the inspiration behind her Coretta Scott King Book Award-winning book Nathaniel Talking (Black Butterfly, 1988).
Musical Opportunities with Snow Music
Newbery Medalist Lynne Ray Perkins presents a guide for her picture book Snow Music (Greenwillow, 2003). The resource offers suggestions for activities that teachers can share with their students to encourage connections to the text and the illustrations.
Books about Music Inspire a Variety of Activities
Browse through 400+ ready-to-use discussion guides for books about music, courtesy of TeachingBooks.net.
Posted by Nick Glass, Founder & Executive Director of TeachingBooks.net