Quality Literature For Elementary School Children’s Choirs Can Be Accessible!

The following repertoire was presented at the Elementary School Choral Reading Session at the MMEA All-State Conference in Boston on March 2, 2012 by Charlotte Brumit, MassACDA R&S Chair and Martha Holmes, President, Boston Area Kodaly Educators.

“Our children’s choirs deserve to sing literature of high quality that is, at the same time, appropriate, appealing and accessible to them as newcomers to the choral experience. Selecting such repertoire can be daunting, especially for public school music teachers, whose choruses are generally inclusive of all students and have limited rehearsal time. We recommend the following octavos as ones which can both inspire our young singers and meet their needs.”

Catch a Falling Star
Vance, Pockriss, arr. Gilpin
2-pt
Shawnee-35003005

Charlotte-Town
arr. Emily Crocker
2-pt.
Hal Leonard-47103022

Gospel Train
arr. Shirley McRae
SSA
Colla Voce-21-20218

Grandma’s Feather Bed
Jim Connor, arr. Albrecht
2-pt
Alfred-32913

Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho
arr. James DesJardins
SA
Carl Fischer-CM9193

Magical Kingdom
John Rutter
2-pt
Hinshaw-HMC2000

Marienwurmchen
Brahms, ed. Goetze
Unison
B & H-48004291

My America
Carey, Smith, arr. Eilers
2-pt
Hal Leonard-40213062

Peace on Earth…and lots of little crickets
Paul Carey, Oliver Twigge
2-pt
Hal Leonard-08501658

Reflections of a Lad at Sea
Don Besig, Nancy Price
2-pt.
Shawnee-35018017

Rejoice and Sing
Rollo Dilworth
2-pt
Hal Leonard-08745991

Risseldy Rosseldy
arr. Jay Broeker
SA/un
Santa Barbara-SBMP310

Shady Grove
arr. Cristi Cary Miller
2-pt
Hal Leonard-08552231

Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy
Gallop, Wood, arr. Shaw
2-pt
Hal Leonard-08551369

The Silence and the Song
Mark Patterson
un/2p
BriLee-BL528

Water Striders
Brian Holmes, Paul Fleischman
SA
Brichtmark-BRM19

Yonder Come Day
arr. Judith Cook Tucker
SSA
World Music Press-0101

Zol Zain Sholem
arr. Josh Jacobson
any
World Music Press-0242

Supplemental List of Children’s Choral Music by Aline Shader

Bicycles
Aline Shader
4-pt
E. C. Schirmer-6144

A Catchy Tune
Aline Shader
2-pt
E. C. Schirmer-6145

Happy Birthday, World
Aline Shader
Unison
E. C. Schirmer-6147

Here In My House
Aline Shader
2-pt
T. Presser-392-41205

Una luna brilla
Aline Shader
3-pt
E. C. Schirmer-6143

You and I
Aline Shader
2-pt
E. C. Schirmer-6152