”Make Music With Us”
„Make Music With Us“ is a lesson programme for making music together in an ensemble or an orchestra. It is aimed at primary school children and can be used from the very beginning of instrumental lessons.
The pieces included here are written for the following musical arrangements: recorder, flute, violin, mandolin, guitar, cello, piano, keyboard, accordion, clarinet and trumpet.
The concept is split into 22 units in which songs and simple instrumental pieces stand in the centre. At the beginning of the programme, singing plays a central role over instrumental playing, but as the ability of the pupils increases, instruments will be used more and more.
The pieces are arranged so that, alongside the concrete suggestions, flexible solutions are also simple to develop: clear, formal sections, manageable phrases and lines of various difficulties allow children of all levels to play together.
In this teaching programme, the teachers are not just instructors, but active members of the ensemble/orchestra at the same time. They support the children’s melodious musical experience with their skill. In this way, the pieces can still be played even if not all pupil’s lines can be filled.
The teacher’s book includes the accompaniment lines for piano and guitar. Additionally, the teacher’s book offers lessons tips for rehearsing the pieces and for designing lessons. In some units the relevant pages of the pupil’s book is also given (from the pupil’s book 1 for recorder and flute respectively) so that it is easier to rehearse whilst keeping a good overview of what is in the pupil’s book.
Teachers can also get further material (PDF files) from AMA-Verlag which explain how to design individual lesson units in even more detail than the ‘short introduction’ and which include complete scores and templates for revision cards.
I wish you lots of enjoyment and success in making music with children!
This books are available in German only.
“Make Music With us” included 6 pupil’s books:
Pupil book 1 recorder, flute (AM No. 610499)
Pupil book 2 violin, mandolin (AMA No. 610500)
Pupil book 3 guitar (AMA No. 610501)
Pupil book 4 cello (AMA No. 610502)
Pupil book 5 piano, keyboard, accordion (AMA No. 610503)
Pupil book 6 clarinet, trumpet (B and C instruments) (AMA No. 610504)