"Stor E Telling"
Links from Karen's column in
California Sheet Music Project
A virtual library of over 2,000 pieces of sheet music from a variety of cultures, published in California between 1852 and 1900 with related materials
Contemplations from the Marianis Trench
Hundreds of ballads and folk songs from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and America. Also lyrics, background information and midi files so you can revel in the music while you surf..
Echoes of Africa
Thinking of adding music to enhance your storytelling? Explore African musical instruments Listen to sound clips of the mbira, bolon, balafon and more.
Honky Tonks, Hymns & the Blues
Companion site to a 2003 National Public Radio (NPR) program that "highlights American musical traditions" and features "historic performances, rare archive tape, and interviews with artists." Covers topics such as the role of women in country music, racial issues, the fiddle, and accordion legends. Includes program overviews, audio clips from the shows, images, a bibliography and discography, and related links. Searchable.
Copyright 2004 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, lii.org
John Wood Revue of Music for Children
So much of today's music is inappropriate for younger children. The language is far too explicit but how do you find something that is something both parent and child will agree on? Well just strut on over to The John Wood Revue! All you have to do is point and click to find out what is the best, newest and brightest in children's music. You will find different "notes" and words of wisdom from experts in child behavior, children's music, family links and storytelling articles as well.
Downloadable recordings of stories and songs from the 40's & 50's. Listen to these classic from Capital Records and RCA and be transported back in time.
Lark in the Morning
More instruments than you can shake a rain stick at! Lark specializes in hard to find instruments, music and instructional materials.
Loowit Campfire Songs
Summer is just around the corner. Get ready for those scouting camp gigs with songs that
will have them merrily singing long.
Just whistle a happy tune and spice up your storytelling with lyrics from around the world. Browse by composer, song title, lyrics, artists or composition.
The Mudcat Café
Lying awake trying to remember those old song lyrics to go with your story?
Before you have another sleepless night drop in to the Mudcat Café and name that tune!
Public Domain Music
Thousands of musical works in the US public domain are listed alphabetically. There are also additional resources and information on fair use and copyright law.
Songs for Teaching
I stumbled onto this site while searching for some rhymes and finger plays to accompany a multicultural storytelling program. Songs for Teaching is a goldmine of songs specially geared to, what else, teach! With songs and music to reach across the curriculum there is sure to be something her for every teacher who wants to get a little bit creative with her lesson plan.
Leading authorities offer teaching tips and practical suggestions based on the latest in brain-based learning. Their section on Classroom Management offers music for Transitions, Energizers, Relaxers and Positive Attitudes. There are songs to keep the children physically active, educational Lyrics and Recordings that Teach Content Area Subjects, Mathematics, Number Skills, and even foreign languages. The cheers, chants, raps and poetry will keep your toes tapping and your hands clapping!
In 2005 the Danish Royal Ministry of Culture will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen's birth. Read about the commissioned orchestral works based on the poems and stories of this fairytale master.
House of Musical Traditions
Acoustic music, instruments, accessories, and books from around the world - specializing in rare and exotic instruments.
Musical education products, music for kids, music software and music therapy products. Good searchable data base.
The Children's Music Network
The CMN has been in existence since 1980. Their leadership includes teachers, performers, songwriters, radio host and parents who care about the quality and content of children's music. This nonprofit association has members across the United States and Canada. It encourages cooperation and diversity. Their guiding principles state: "We recognize children's music as a powerful means of encouraging cooperation, celebrating diversity, building self-esteem, promoting respect and responsibility for our environment, and cultivating an understanding of nonviolence and social justice." Their mission is to promote respect and responsibility for the environment and address the issues of violence and injustice.
Get ready for all of those campfire storytelling performances. Two sites chock full of songs, skits, finger plays, chants, jokes, riddles, tongue twister and stories to keep the scouts swinging and swaying.