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Lynn Kleiner Collection P. 1 2 3 4

with CD

Kids Can Listen,
Kids Can Move!

Lesson Plan Book

  • for children preschool - elementary grades
  • 25 wonderful orchestral CD tracks with creative lessons for moving, listening, playing instruments, and having fun!

Book and CD Set $60

This book contains a CD with all the recordings needed for the lessons! Listening to the Kids Can Listen, Kids Can Move! CD and choosing your favorite pieces is a great way to get started. Consider listening to the CD (perhaps in your car) to select pieces you think your children would enjoy. Next, read through the activities and see what looks fun. If you are excited about the activity and the music, your students will be too!

For many of the activities, listening to the music as you follow along and reading the suggestions in the book will be enough for you to introduce the lesson to your students. Other activities may require several listening sessions so you are clear with the form.

The stories and movement ideas in this book are meant to be a starting place for you. If some of the images presented feel awkward to you or a story contains something to which your students or child cannot relate, adapt the material appropriately to your situation. Simplify activities for younger students; add challenges for older students.

Use repetition with variety. We love what we know! I suggest introducing a few pieces of music and becoming very familiar with them as opposed to using many pieces of music and giving the children only one listening opportunity. The first time I played Carmina Burana for my students, they didn't love it the same way they did after we had listened to it repeatedly. One week we danced with scarves. One week we were seated as we played instruments to it. Another week we performed it with four groups, each playing a different part using scarves, finger cymbals, shaker eggs, or hand drums. Then, of course, we did this another week so they could have a turn in a different group. To encourage familiarity, I also play the music as the students enter and exit the classroom. Many teachers and parents have asked me where this music can be purchased; this level of enjoyment would not have happened if we had listened only one time. This is also why I like to include a goodbye song as a listening lesson. (See the goodbye songs included in this book beginning on page 32.)

Depending on the age and the demeanor of your group, it is sometimes a good idea to set up a few guidelines for the listening lessons. These may include:

  • Listen quietly; no talking or noises. Explain: "We need to listen carefully so we know where we are in the music. If everyone talks, we won't be able to hear. This rule is for everyone." If you are working with adults and children, this is often a tough one for the adults. Many think that when the background music is playing, it's time to visit with other parents.
  • No bumps or falls. Ask the children to be aware of others around them and move so they never touch or bump anything or anyone. Let them know that we understand there might be an accident, but if there is intentional bumping or falling, they will be asked to watch from the side until they are ready to participate appropriately. It is important to keep everyone safe. I will sometimes say, "This music doesn't have a bumping part," or "this dance does not have a part when we pull hard on someone's arms and make her fall. Please watch how this is done so you understand how this activity works."
  • Do your best; everyone tries. Explain: "No silly stuff is allowed. Silly stuff makes it difficult for others to do their best to listen and follow the music."


CD Selection Composer Page
1 The Syncopated Clock Leroy Anderson (U.S.,1908-1975) 6
2 Forgotten Dreams Leroy Anderson 8
3 Sleigh Ride Leroy Anderson 9
4 Lieutenant Kue, from Symphonic Suite, Op, 60 (Troika) SergeiProkofiev (Russia, 1891-1953) 10
5 Hungarian Dance No. 6 Johannes Brahms (Germany, 1833-1897) 12
6 Run, Run! From Memories of Childhood Octavio Pinto (Brazil, 1890-1950) 13
7 Children's March ("Over the Hills and Far Away") Percy Grainger (U.S., Australian-born, 1882-1961) 14
8 Creatures of the Garden Herbert Donaldson (U.S., b,1918) 15
9 The Wild Horseman Robert Schumann (Germany,1810-1856)(arr.Donaldson) 16
10 Chinese Dance, from the Nutcracker Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russia, 1840-1893) 17
11 Trepak Dance, from The Nutcracker Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky 18
12 March, from The Nutcracker Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky 19
13 Prelude to Act 1, from Carmen (Theme 1) Georges Bizet (France, 1838-1875) 20
14 Viennese Musical Clock, from Háry János Suite Zoltan Kodály (Hungary, 1882-1967) 21
15 Hungarian Dance No, 5 Johannes Brahm 25
16 Colonel Bogey March Kenneth Alford (U.S., 1881-1945) 25
17 Aquarium, from Carnival of the Animals Camille Saint-Saens (France, 1835-1921) 26
18 Kangaroos, from Carnival of the Animals Camille Saint-Saens 27
19 The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods, from Carnival of the Animals CamilleSaint-Saens 28
20 Pizzicato, from Sylvja, ou la nymphe de Diane Leo Delibes (France, 1836-1891) 29
21 Primo Vere: V. Ecce Gratum, from Carmina Burana Carl Orff (Germany,1895-1982) 30
22 "Come, My Friends", a melody from Symphony No, 6 (Pastorale), Op, 68 (Allegretto) Ludwig van Beethoven (Germany, 1770-1827) 32
23 Theme and Variations, from Surprise Symphony Franz Josef Haydn (Austria,1732-1809) 34
24 Adagio, from Symphony No,1 Johannes Brahms 36
25 Largo, from Symphony No,9 (New World) Antonin Dvorak (Czechoslovakia,1841-1904) 37

Lynn Kleiner Collection P. 1 2 3 4

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