Steen, Arvida. (1992). Exploring orff: A teacher's guide. New
York: Schott Music Corporation.
Great book - contains "Planning your Curriculum", "Lesson Planning", and lesson ideas for Kindergarten to Grade 5 students
in such areas as "Skills for group instruction", "Timbre", "Rhythm", "Melody", "Texture", "Accompaniments (harmony)", "Form",
Birkenshaw-Fleming, Lois (Ed.). (1996). An orff mosaic
from Canada. New York: Schott Music Corporation.
Awesome book - very useful. Includes the following chapters: Hello! (songs); First Nations; Newfoundland; The Maritmes;
Quebec; Ontario; The Prairies; British Columbia; Yukon and North-West Territories; Weather and Seasons; Animals; Transportation;
Our World; The Canadian Mosaic; Holidays; Basics; Stories, Fables, Music and Drama; Students' Work; Move and Dance; Instruments;
Listening Awareness and Music Appreciation; Goodbye! (songs); Glossary; Tips for Teachers. Available at
St. John's Music.
Choksy, Lois. (1999). The Kodaly methody I: Comprehensive
music education (3rd Ed.). New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc.
Very helpful book - includes the history of the Kodaly Method, the "sequence, tools, materials, and philosophy" of the
method, lesson ideas for grades K-6, "planning for musical learning in North American schools", songs (organized by tone set
-very helpful!!), and an "alphabetical index of songs with analysis for teaching purposes".
Lavender, Cheryl. (1991). Making each minute count: Time-
savers, tips, and kid-tested strategies for the music class.
USA: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation.
I love this book - it has a lot of fun ideas that can be adapted for a variety of age groups. Chapters include:
"Attitude and Atmosphere: I Make a Difference", "Classroom Management and Discipline - The Teacher/Student Relationship",
"Incredibly Successful Teaching Strategies - General Teaching Strategies", "Incredibly Successful Teaching Strategies - Specific
Teaching Strategies" (includes beat, rhythm, meter, phrase, pitch & melody, harmony, tempo, style, dynamics, tone colour,
movement & direction, form, interpretive symbols), "Attention Grabbers - No-Fail Funsters", "Hello and Goodbye - Personalizing
Your Music Class", "Musical Warm-Ups - Mind-Body-Voice", "Introducing and Digesting New Songs - Ideas that Really Work", "Musical
Learning Outcomes - Assessment Methods", "Making the Music Room Our Own - Personalizing the Musical Experience", "Beyond the
Music Room - Public Relations", "Awards, Forms, Documents, and More" (reproducable templates!!!). Available at St. John's Music.
Philipak, Barb. (2002). Recorder Karate: A highly motivational
method for young players. Plank Road Publishing Inc.
This book is available at St. John's Music
($48.95 for Teacher's Handbook and CD). The book includes reproducibles of each song (to hand out to students),
as well as clipart, teaching strategies, and how the Recorder Karate program works. The songs get progressively more
difficult, and as students master each song, they receive a new coloured "karate belt" (yarn) to tie on the bottom of their
recorders. This program is easily used with any recorder songs (if your gr. 4 or 5 students don't find the music in
this book appealing). The CD has 3 recordings for each song - 1 with recorder & accompaniment, 1 with just accompaniment
at a slower tempo, and 1 with just accompaniment at the normal tempo.