Monday, February 19, 2018

Art, Music, and Children's Lit. A Winning Combination!

Painted Music 

Integrated Art, Music, and Children's Literature Activities
BPP-APM - Book with Online materials - $29.95
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When Aimee Curtis Pfitzner first approached me regarding her third publication, she impressed me with her total commitment and enthusiasm for a new project integrating art, music, and children's literature. Her idea was to incorporate works from artists like Piet Mondrian, Romare Bearden, Wasily Kandinsky, Dale Chihuly and more to illustrate and illuminate favorite children's books like Coppernickel Goes Mondrian, and The Noisy Paint Box. She also uses music from Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, Claude Debussy, Frank Sinatra and others as the basis for full length Orff process lesson plans for songs, activities and more children's lit like Du Iz Tak? and original activities like Channeling Chihuly.

The result, Painted Music, is a fantastic new resource for elementary music teachers using art and music to activate children's literature. Aimee has chosen several of her favorite children's books and has added art activities, songs, and Orff instrument arrangements. Each activity has a complete Orff process lesson plan along with material lists, recommended art works for viewing and listening selections. 
Making connections to music and art through children’s literature is a natural connection; books can be found on a plethora of subjects, in a dizzying array of genres and are rich in artistry; full of amazing illustrations, paintings, computer art, and 3-dimensional artwork. This collection is a short brush stroke on the canvas of arts and literature integration. The hope is that teachers will be able to  make new connections using the books on these pages and seek out other books to create new art, music, and literature activities for students to visually, aurally, and orally play with.
Online materials are included with each book, including manipulatives, visuals, and vocal scores. Playlists for musical resources are available in iTunes and Spotify

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