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Suggested Sources for Nature Songs and Kids' Songs

An Excerpt from Steve's 'Reflections' Page:

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 do it!



"Roots go down, leaves come up
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
for the beauty of the earthThis 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.
Ranger Rick's Nature Scope series
ranger rickEach 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.
Rise Up Singing
rise up singingThis 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).

Sing Out!
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, MA 01566.
Gerry Axelrod
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.

Bill Oliver
Texas Oasis and two other recordings include "Habitat" and "Recycling Song" Live Oak Recordings, 515 E. 40, Austin, TX 78751.

Ruth Pelham
Under One Sky and Look to the People include very singable songs of friendship and peace PO Box 6024, Albany, NY 12206.

Sally Rogers
sally rogersPiggyback Planet - beautiful versions of "Garbage," "Whale Song," rounds, and much more. Round River Records, 301 Jacob Street, Seekonk, MA 02771.
Steve Schuch
trees of lifecircle of dayswellspringcrossing the waters
Trees of Life, Circle of Days, Wellspring, & Crossing the Waters include songs "On the Loose," "Grandmother Spider," "Reptile," "Rainbow Tribe," "Ibis the Whale," and other songs and instrumentals of nature, peace and friendship. (Mail Order or On-Line Order, CD $15, Tape $10).
Pete Seeger
god bless the grassGod Bless the Grass, Rainbow Race, and many other records.

David Stokes
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 to order.

Gentle Wind
Songs & Stories for Children: PO Box 3103, Albany, NY 12203 -includes recordings by Ruth Pelham, Sarah Pirtle, and many more.

Music for Little People
PO Box 1460, Redway, CA 95560

Round River Records: 301 Jacob Street, Seekonk, MA 02771 - includes Piggyback Planet and other kids' tapes.


Children's Music Network
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.

  People's Music Network
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.

"Good luck and keep singing!"
      - Steve

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