for Nature Songs and Kids' Songs
An Excerpt from Steve's 'Reflections'
For an ocean unit, try combining songs about whales with several
ocean and water songs, some recordings of actual whale songs, and
a whale pod simulation game.
Include a story about a specific whale or pod or
an encounter between whales and humans. Make big murals. Plan a
whale watch trip, beach clean-up, or letter writing project, then
"Roots go down, leaves come
A bit of care and a measure of luck
The Trees of Life will yet grow tall
The seed's inside of us all..."
-from the Trees of Life Album
Books & Magazines For the Beauty of the Earth,
An Environmental Songbook This
is the best collection yet of over 70 environmental songs with full
sheet music and chords. It includes an index for teachers and performers,
indicating age appropriateness of the different songs. Available from
Night Heron Music and from The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, 112
Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.
Rick's Nature Scope series Each
issue focuses on a single theme (dinosaurs, oceans, astronomy, etc.)
and presents related lessons, songs, art and movement activities,
etc. Available from: The National Wildlife Federation, 1400 Sixteenth
Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036-2266.
Up Singing This
spiral bound book has lyrics, chords, and sources for over 1200 songs,
including a nice selection of ecology and kids' songs. A series of
learning tapes for the different songs is also recently available.
Available from Night Heron Music and from Sing Out (below). (Mail
Order or On-Line Order $18).
A quarterly magazine with over 20 new and old songs in each issue,
feature articles, reviews, etc. The Bethlehem office is also home
to the Resource Center, a gold mine of hard-to-find songs. Sing
Out!, PO Box 5253, Bethlehem, PA 18015.
Folksong in the Classroom
A quarterly series put out by teachers who are using folksongs old
and new to tie in with classroom curriculum. Each issue has different
songs and focus. Subscriptions and the entire past 15 years of back
issues are available from Folksong in the Classroom, PO Box 925, Sturbridge,
Songs of Nature & the Environment
Folkway Records, 46 West 61st Street, New York, NY 10023.
Circle of Life (for children) and Living Planet (for adults) includes
powerful songs of the earth PO Box 5467, Takoma Park, MD 20912.
Texas Oasis and two other recordings include "Habitat" and "Recycling
Song" Live Oak Recordings, 515 E. 40, Austin, TX 78751.
Under One Sky and Look to the People include very singable songs
of friendship and peace PO Box 6024, Albany, NY 12206.
Planet - beautiful versions of "Garbage," "Whale Song," rounds, and
much more. Round River Records, 301 Jacob Street, Seekonk, MA 02771.
Bless the Grass, Rainbow Race, and many other records.
The Frog Chorus includes songs, stories and activities for younger
children (ages 4-8) 1111 East Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217.
Catalogs and Artist Information Night Heron Music carries all of Steve
Schuch's recordings, the new environmental
songbook, For the Beauty of the Earth, articles on integrating the
arts and education, information on his performances and workshops
on song leading, songwriting and storytelling. Visit our Mail
Order or our On-Line Order Page
Songs & Stories for Children: PO Box 3103, Albany, NY 12203 -includes
recordings by Ruth Pelham, Sarah Pirtle, and many more.
Round River Records: 301 Jacob Street, Seekonk,
MA 02771 - includes Piggyback Planet and other kids' tapes.
CMN, PO Box 1341, Evanston, IL 60204-1341
This group has regional and national gatherings for song swapping,
workshops, etc. They also have more local gatherings, periodic newsletters,
and a directory of members who share interests in using music, storytelling,
etc. with children. Similar to PMN below but with a consistent focus
on music and issues relevant to children.
PMN, c/o S. Underhill, 1150 Berme Rd, Kerhonkson, NY 12446 -similar
to CMN above but with a broader focus. Song swaps and workshops include
but are not limited to kids' songs, environmental songs, multi-cultural
and social justice issues.
Like more suggestions, a performer or workshop leader, or have updates
or ideas or songs to swap? Feel free to write, call or e-mail.
and keep singing!" - Steve
Heron Music 72 Meeting Hill Road, Hillsborough, NH 03244 USA
ph (603) 464-4321 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org