TEACHER'S GUIDE TO
MIDDLE EASTERN SONGS
AND DANCES FOR CHILDREN
Songs, Dances and Activities Guide
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"Middle Eastern Songs and Dances for Children are valuable resources for my music education students here at Ithaca College. It is material that can be easily adapted for any grade level. My college students thoroughly enjoyed learning authentic songs and dances from this part of the world which they have very little knowledge or experience with. It should be included in any multicultural educational curriculum."-Dr. Baruch J. Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Music Education, Ithaca College School of Music
"Today I taught my second and third grade classes the Pot Cover Dance from your book. These two classes are among my most challenging and it is often difficult to get them to try something outside their own culture...They really got into it...we added finger cymbals to substitute for pot covers, it just added to the fun of the piece, and they all can find Turkey on a map now. Thank you!"-JT, Texas K-12 Music Educator
The complete guide to the songs on the CD Middle Eastern Songs and Dances for Children. Includes original text and English translations, background information, activites, dance steps and Orff arrangements.
The objective of this project is to create better understanding of the rich heritage of Middle Eastern cultures, particularly in the areas of music and dance.
This first volume of Middle Eastern Songs and Dances for Children explores music and dance of Turkey. For those learning about Middle Eastern cultures for the first time, this is an excellent starting point. Turkey is a democracy whose citizens are primarily Islamic. It is part of the Near and Middle East, has territory in both Europe and Asia.
The arrangements and dance steps in this guide are designed for individuals with different abilities, teachers and students of all ages. Where possible, the arrangements are transposed in order to be accessible to Orff instruments. The percussion parts replicate the style of drumming common in both Turkish and Arabic classical and folk music traditions.
Several of the arrangements include instructions for teaching young players about improvisation. In both Turkish and Arabic classical and folk music traditions, learning to sing by ear with one's instrument is a strong cultural component. For students and teachers of classical Western instruments, the art of improvisation has been neglected for too long. Middle Eastern music can facilitate the rebuilding of an important part of making music in the West.