Nationally-acclaimed storyteller and musician Doug Lipman, a Medford resident,
has just released We All Go Together, the first all-in-one source book for
using folk songs with children.
(Note: I now live in Edmond, OK)
Far more than folk songs, this collection
provides a unique, integrated view of music-making including:
creative activities and
The simplest activities are perfect
for preschoolers; the most complicated work well for 10- 11-year-olds.
you can't read music or carry a tune, Lipman's text and accompanying audio-cassette
will allow you to bring the joy of music to children. On the other hand, if
you're an experienced music teacher, this collection will add 30 unusual versions
of folk songs and 140 activities to your repertoire.
Over 10 years in the making, We All Go Together presents everything Lipman
has learned about working creatively with children as a professional storyteller,
musician, pre-school teacher, and music teacher.
Beginning with the premise
that anyone can lead music activities with children, he gently guides the reader,
with wisdom and wit, through every possible aspect of music-making.
coach of oral communication, he anticipates reader's questions such as:
you've chosen a song to learn, how do you learn it?
How do you present a song
as a listening activity?
How do you teach a song with an activity?
you teach a game?
What about making up new verses to the songs?"
Lipman walks you through every possible type of game:
line and circle games.
With mathematical precision he
begins with the simplest pre-school versions, building gradually to challenging
play-parties for grades 4 through 6.
Lipman understands that "Moving while
singing is as natural as singing itself." Lipman's movement activities help
their repertory of movement possibilities,
control over their
understanding of their movements and their rhythmic abilities.
He has even created two guided relaxation exercises, each using a different
The 30 folk songs in the collection represent African-American and Anglo-American
traditions with samples from these folk cultures:
The chapter entitled "Curricular Background and Follow-Up Activities"
use these songs as starting points for exploring wide areas of the historical
geographical and multi-cultural curriculum.
The accompanying cassette contains all 30 folk songs, sung and played by a
variety of voices, children and adults, showcasing 15 different folk instruments.
from the Medford Citizen, Thursday, September 1, 1994
Reprinted by permission