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Music K-8 Music Sampler Podcast

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Hear samples of the quality children's music that Plank Road Publishing has been writing for music teachers for over 25 years.


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Hear samples of the quality children's music that Plank Road Publishing has been writing for music teachers for over 25 years.




Alleluia, Hodie Alleluia

Here is an energetic Christmas selection for your older singers. The text is all Latin and we've set this in a 3-part voicing with part 3 being accessible to your lower, changing, and changed voices. It can also be performed as a unison piece using part 1 only. You'll want to be sure to observe the dynamics to bring out the most excitement in the song.


Sing In The Holidays (28/2)

This wonderfully majestic piece was written to serve as an opening song for your Christmas, holiday, winter, or seasonal performances, but you can certainly use it as a closer or a featured "big tune" within a performance instead. It's deliberately modeled after grander traditional carols, but with the emphasis on the music of the season.


My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean (28/1)

"My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean" or "Bring Back My Bonnie To Me" is a traditional Scottish folk tune. Our arrangement features mandolin and strings and incorporates a few chord substitutions for a unique feel.


Recorder BYTES - 2nd Series

This second series of nine individual Recorder Bytes breaks down the music into smaller, easier to learn segments for your students to practice and play along with. Songs include: The Wedding March, Old Joe Clark, On Top Of Old Smoky, Can Can, America, Polly Wolly Doodle, I've Been Working On The Railroad, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.


Rise Up Singing!

These eight great arrangements will give you strong programming across the genre of African American music. Songs include: Down By The Riverside, Follow The Drinking Gourd, Get On Board, Yonder Come Day, One More River, Go Down Moses, Lift Every Voice And Sing, and This Little Light Of Mine.


Recorder Karate 2

This continuation has a lot more music and fully orchestrated accompaniments. The songs are in order of increasing difficulty, divided into logical sections, including 9 Black Belt Degrees. Like the first volume, the songs are designed to be played and tested with the belt reward system. Songlist: The Wedding March, Old Joe Clark, On Top of Old Smoky, Can Can, America (My Country 'Tis Of Thee), Polly Wolly Doodle, I've Been Working On The Railroad, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Eine...


Recorder Karate

This classroom-tested, carefully planned recorder method incorporates a positive reward system in which students receive colored "karate belts" (not included) to hang from their recorders for each progressively more difficult tune.


An Old-Fashioned Christmas

You can almost hear the velvet voices of the crooners of a by-gone era singing this song. Evoking a sense of the past, it truly sounds like an old-fashioned Christmas tune with an accompaniment that includes shimmering strings and mellow brass. The gentle rhythm will have singers and audience alike swaying from side to side.


A Joyous Season For Recorders

From the pages of Music K-8 magazine and Recorder Classroom, A Joyous Season For Recorders includes: Joyous Prelude (Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring), Finlandia - A Hymn To Winter, Saga Of The Three Ships, Quest Of The Three Kings, Fantasy On An Old French Carol, and Ode To Joy.


We Wish You A Recorder Christmas

This collection has multiple parts, with part 1 using low D, low E, G, A, B, and C, and an optional part 2 that can be played on just G, A, and B. The parts work together, though either one can be used by itself as your concert presentation. We Wish You A Recorder Christmas includes: Pat-A-Pan, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Sing We Now Of Christmas, Up On The Housetop, Auld Lang Syne, and We Wish You A Merry Christmas.


Carols For Ukulele

These familiar and beloved carols will be a really nice addition to your ukulele curriculum, and they'll provide a bit of variety at your next holiday concert. Carols For Ukulele includes: Go Tell It On The Mountain; O Come, All Ye Faithful; Good King Wenceslas; Away In A Manger; Pat-A-Pan; and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.


Ugly Sweaters & Other Festive Fun

This fun-loving collection includes: Ugly Sweater, Turn Off That Nose!, I Know About Snow, Hip Hop Elves, A Kitty For A Present, I Want Some Pumpkin Pie, and Rock The Holly.


Spirit Of The Season

Spirit Of The Season includes: This Holiday, Here Comes The Snow, Let's Make It Shine!, Mister Frosty Winter, Season Of Bells, Mostly What I Wish For, and O Come Little Children (sacred and secular versions).


Shiver & Shake (28/1)

We've deliberately made the singing part of this multi-purpose tune all unison and simple to learn. That way, you can give more attention to the focus of the song: the mysterious stuff that's making all those sounds that make us shiver and shake!


I'm A Little Scarecrow (28/1)

Here's a very short and very simple tune for your youngest singers. Seasonal if you like, but not necessarily, it lets them pretend that they are little scarecrows chasing away crows. There are optional claps at the beginning as well as optional movement suggestions right on the music during the chorus at measure 9. Use them as is, or adapt however works for you.


Fa La La Land

Your new favorite holiday musical is here! Approximately 20 minutes long, the musical includes five original songs and a lighthearted script with short, easy-to-learn lines for your students. Songs include: A Musical Time Of Year; Music Is Our Thing; Not With Me; When We Get Along; and Good, Good Holiday Feelings!


Back To School (28/1)

Great for a beginning-of-year rally or assembly, "Back To School" is an upbeat, happy tune that aims to get your kiddos excited about the new school year. Learning can be fun if we make it fun, so this tune is good for kids who might be struggling with leaving the joys of summer vacation behind as well as those who are already enthusiastic about school.


A Medieval Christmas (Music K-8, Vol. 27, No. 2)

This is a fairly short medley of late medieval works, though, as with most music of the period, it has roots in earlier music, most of which is known only in fragments of manuscripts. The two songs are "Personent Hodie" and "Green Grow'th The Holly." They are both among the few carols from this period that are still regularly performed by contemporary ensembles, in some cases as they were originally performed, and in others as the basis for more modern works.


Nice, Not Naughty (Music K-8, Vol. 27, No. 2)

This retro style pop tune cuts right to the heart of the matter with its declarations that nice is preferred to naughty, especially where Santa is involved. He does, after all, check that list twice every year.


Chestnut (Music K-8, Vol. 27, No. 2)

This lighthearted song pays homage to the humble chestnut with a bit of whimsy in the form of a quasi erudite, Baroque-ish flavor (pardon the pun). Set to a background of lightly bouncing harpsichord, strings, horns, and woodwinds, it's easy enough to maintain the attitude of melodramatic politeness called for.