Early Childhood, Early beginners
(for ages 2+)
- Hot Cross Buns
- Merrily, We Roll Along
- Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (English/French)
- Honey Bee
- Cuckoo (English/French)
- Down, Down
- Oh, How Lovely Is the Evening (Round)
- Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow
- Sleep, Baby, Sleep
- I Saw Three Ships
This program is designed to help beginners learn the proper way to sing. It doesn’t really matter the age of the person using this book, as long as he or she is willing to start from the very beginning. One gentleman in his sixties purchased the entire series and commented later that he was having a great deal of fun catching up on things he never learned about singing (and music in general) as a child.
Although the songs are very short, there is a “teaching point” for each song to help the singer learn the foundational concepts. The program works well for homeschooled students because the parents can play the CDs to help the learning process. Students can sing along with the voice tracks until they know the songs and then with the accompaniment tracks only. Or you may prefer to use the Level I Piano Accompaniment Book to provide live accompaniment.
Private music teachers of other instruments often recommend this program for their students when they want them to learn singing and don’t have the time to teach it during an instrumental lesson. Many private school teachers use this program in small classes. They especially enjoy singing the rounds in two or even three parts when the students know the melodies well.
Levels I–III and the Christmas set include coloring sheets for every song. Teachers and parents have full permission to duplicate them to use with multiple children.
The song, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” may be sung in English and also in French. “Cuckoo” appears both in English and German, complete with a pronunciation guide for the foreign languages.
After learning all the songs by memory, students may enjoy presenting a short recital for family and friends. Use the accompaniment book or the instrumental tracks without the vocals for a rewarding performance!