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Music through the Grades Edition 2 Revised

In the Light of the Developing Child

Spiral bound
February 2012
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  • Publisher
    Adonis Press
  • Published
    2nd February 2012
  • ISBN 9780932776433
  • Language English
  • Pages 196 pp.
  • Size 8.5" x 11"
  • Images Includes 3 CDs

The music included in this book appeals to children's inborn capacity to experience the musical element that runs like a creative, life-giving stream through their lives. At a young age this stream is like a little brook that sounds playfully in the mood of the fifth. By eighth grade it has become a polyphonous affair with greater depth and power.

The author tries to make us aware of the importance of allowing each stage in this development to unfold and blossom rather than, as happens so easily today, exposing the children to music that they may find exciting, but for which they are not yet inwardly prepared.

The songs for each grade follow the seasons throughout the school year. The recordings of the songs for the first three grades are for teachers or parents who prefer to learn by listening.

“Diane Ingraham Barnes, a highly regarded teacher who has spent a lifetime devoted to music, has assembled this beautiful collection of songs and commentaries that should be an important addition to any classroom or library. From the tender wholeness of the mood of the fifth, to the expansive pentatonic, to enlivening folk tunes and the diatonic profusion stretching from silliness and joy, to sorrow and profundity, a foundation is laid for the blossoming of harmony and polyphony. In this collection, one can trace the musical odyssey of children's development through the grades as they prepare their bodily instruments for sounding the soul and spirit.”

----Gayle Davis, Rudolf Steiner College

C O N T E N T S:


First Grade 
1. A Lovely Rainbow
2. Mill oh Mill upon the Hill
3. Firefly
4. Michaelmas-time Morning Song
5. Riding to St. Michael
6. Brave and True will I Be
7. Shiny Red Apples
8. Old King Cole
9. The Cool of Autumn
10. Lantern Song
11. From Root to Share
12. Putting Away Song
13. Pico’s Cooking Song
14. Pico’s Fairy’s Song
15. Pico’s Happy Giant Song
16. Raindrops
17. To Market
Pentatonic Songs:
18. It’s Raining
19. Little Wind
20. When Mary Goes Walking
21. November
22. Tiny Little Snowflakes
23. Earth Who Gave To Us This Food
24. Mary’s Wandering
25. Swinging Bells
26. Snowflakes Falling
27. Chickadee
28. Sleigh Bells
29. Snowdrops
30. Pussies on the Willow
31. St. Patrick
32. Horses
33. Easter Eggs
34. Spring is Here
35. Good Morning Song for Small Children
36. Timothy Mouse
37. Swinging, Swinging
38. Sailing
Songs for Learning the Pentatonic Flute:
39. The Cuckoo
40. The Turtle Dove at Christmas.
41. Little Bird up in the Tree
42. Come with me
43. Hot Cross Buns
44. Elephant
45. Autumn Leaves (Softly tread...)

Second Grade
1. Shooting Stars
2. Autumn Comes
3. Michael Song
4. Two Eyes to See
5. I Wriggle my Fingers
6. Saddle my Pony Free
7. Michaelmas Song for Young Children
8. Michael, Hero of the Sun
9. Michael-Song
10. Fall (Come little leaves…)
11. Land of the Silver Birch
12. Sung at Harvest Time
13. Zuni Sunrise Song
14. Hallowe’en
15. St. Martin Song
16. St. Nicholas
17. Advent Song
18. Santa Lucia
19. Tap, tap, tap
20. The Shepherd’s Song
21. New Year
22. Kings Came Riding
23. Candlemas
24. St. Valentine Song
25. St. Patrick was a Holy Man
26. The Wolf and the Stork
27. Bunny in the Burrow
28. One Bright and Sunny Morn
29. Song of the King of Ireland’s Son
30. Welcome to Spring (I have heard...)
31. Skye Boat Song

Third Grade
1. Green Lies the Dancing Water
2. Unconquered Hero of the Skies
3. St. Michael’s Lyre
4. A Boy’s Resolve
5. Let me of God a Fighter Be
6. Come Behold
7. Brethren in Peace Together
8. We Stand on the Earth
9. Here I Stand on Firm Ground
10. I Saw a Farmer Plough the Field
11. Housebuilding Song
12. Let us with a Gladsome Mind
13. Unto Us a Child is Born
14. Catalonian Christmas Song
15. Winterstreams
16. Snowflakes
17. The Carpenters
18. Houses We Build
19. The Blacksmith
20. Now the Blacksmith’s Arm
21. Cockles and Mussels
22. I Will Go with my Father a Ploughing
23. The Happy Plowman
24. All that Hath Life and Breath
25. Alleluia
26. Little Red Bird of the Lonely Moor
27. The Birds
27b. Pippa’s Song
28. How Delightful to See
29. Reap the Flax (with dance)
30. Twankydillo
Four Songs well Suited to Playing on the C flute:
31. Waken Sleeping Butterfly
32. Lightly Row
33. St. Paul’s Steeple
34. White Coral Bells
Two favorite Songs of the Hebrides:
35. The Cockle Gatherer
36. To People Who have Gardens

Fourth Grade
1. Music Everywhere
2. Musical Conversation
3. Good Afternoon
4. October and November
5. The Keeper
6. The Cuckoo and the Huntsman
7. John Peel
8. The Echo
9. Sarasponda
10. Little Tom Tinker
11. Follow Me
12. Missing the Cracks
13. The Blackbird
14. The Alphabet
15. Hannukkah
16. What shall I Give to the Child?
Introducing the Round
17. White Sand and Gray Sand
18. Alleluya
19. The Song of Christmas Day
20. List to the Bells
21. New Year
22. St. Valentine’s Day
23. February Snow
24. Parable
25. Song of the Norns
26. Wraggle Taggle Gipsies
27. Lazybones and the Lark
28. Appalachian Folk Song
29. Mice
30. Ducks
31. Going Down to Cairo
32. My Grandfather’s Clock

Fifth Grade
Iron Rod Activities
1. In Autumn St. Michael
2. Dham Dham Dham
3. Raghupati
4. Hail Light of Lights
5. Canon For Four Voices
6. Homage to Thee, O Ra
7. Avoi
8. Fifty Nifty United States
9. The Huntsman’s Horn
10. Blow, Blow
11. For us a Child Is Born
12. Candlemas Day
13. Groundhog Prophecy for Febr. Second
14. The Singing School
15. Sounds of Summer
16. Glockenjodler
17. Mountains in Starlight
18. St. Patrick’s Breastplate
19. The Woods in Spring
20. The Meadow
21. Now Is the Month of Maying
22. Now Is the Month of Maying
23. Slave Dance
24. Catch
25. I Cannot Sing This Catch
26. Pythian Ode
27. Glorious Apollo
28. Young Rider
29. Full Moonlight Dance

Sixth Grade
1. Shine Like the Stars
2. The Jolly Ploughboys
3. Prayer
4. Counting Out
5. Thy Voice, O Harmony
6. Why Forever
7. Catch
8. Sounds of the Singing School
9. Martin, Lieber Herre
10. By the Waters
11. Thanksgiving Canon
12. O Roma Nobilis
13. Hymn to St. John the Baptist
14. Pange Lingua
15. Mode 1
16. Nobilis, humilis
17. Alle Psallite Cum Luya
18. Worldes Blis Ne Last
19. Quem Pastores Laudavere
20. Viva La Musica
21. Jubilate Deo
22. Let the Sound Echo
23. Music Makes Glad Hearts
24. The Paths of Life are Steep
25. The Three Ravens
26. Hey Ho, to the Greenwood

Seventh and Eighth Grades
1. An die Freude
2. February, Wet or Fine
3. Death and Sleep
4. Fie, Nay, Prithee, John
5. One Asked Me Where the Roses Grew
6. Sleepers Wake
7. Hebridean Cradle Song
8. Non Nobis Domine
9. Praise the Lord
10. John Barleycorn
11. Veni Creator Spiritus
12. Tell Me Where is Fancy Bred
13. St. John’s Choral
14. The Birchtree Just Standing

Closing Remarks

List of Recommended Books
About the Author 

Diane Ingraham Barnes

Diane Ingraham Barnes was born and raised in Yarmouth, Maine. She developed an early interest in music and began studying voice in high school. After graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music, she began her music teaching career in grades 1 through 8 in the Palmer, Massachusetts, public school system. She then traveled across the country, singing in various towns along the way before settling in California. Faced with bringing up her two sons, she discovered Waldorf education and decided to take the Waldorf teacher training at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California, where that she was introduced to Valborg Werbeck-Svärdström’s “Uncovering the Voice” approach to singing and the modern lyre, as well as a new understanding of music based on Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy, all of which have remained central to her life as a singer and educator. She then became a class teacher and music teacher at the Susquehanna Waldorf School, where she took the lead class from first through sixth grade and taught music in every grade for twelve years. While working as a Waldorf teacher, Diane continued her study of the lyre and of the “Uncovering the Voice” approach to singing and obtained diplomas for Therapeutic Singing from Thomas Adam of the School for Uncovering the Voice, recognized by the Medical Section in Dornach, Switzerland. After teaching music briefly at the Hawthorne Valley School in Upstate New York, she joined the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School in Newtown, Connecticut, where she taught music for fifteen years and then did extra lesson work and therapeutic singing for two years. Diane teaches singing and playing the lyre in the mood of the 5th at the Alkion Center in Hawthorne Valley and recently opened the Uriel Center for Music in the Light of Anthroposophy, through which she offers voice, lyre, and music lessons and classes, therapies, music studies, and workshops for improvisation with the new metal instruments, lyre, and voice at her home in Hillsdale, New York. She also performs concerts when time permits.