Incorporation of literature and puppets into the music program

Educator Name: Therese Gartland
School Name: Merrill Elementary

Children love stories, they love to be entertained and they like to use their imaginations. Using children’s literature and storytelling in the music classroom is a fantastic way to encourage improvisation, theatric expression, a sense of rhythm and rhyme, while having some good old fashioned fun. Many of the books that are conducive to the music classroom are stories with which the children are familiar, and acting them out brings them newly to life. The incredible twists you can add in music class are just icing on the cake not to mention the valuable correlation the students will make to their regular ed classroom. Many of the books will reinforce reading and literacy standards,i.e. sequencing, numbers, counting, patterns, vowel sounds, beginning letter sounds, rhyming to name a few.

All students will benefit from exposure to classic children's literature. For example, in kindergarten, first and second grade students will be given the opportunity to select stories with lots of rhymes, numbers or letters which reinforce concepts they are learning in their regular classroom. In stories with cumulative or repeating characters, particular sound effects or instruments can represent a character. This is great reinforcement for concepts like counting, sequencing and patterns. Incorporating books into music lessons encourages cross-curricular lessons in reading literacy as well as music literacy.

Outcomes will be measured by more engaged students and greater student participation. Higher scores on reading as well as music assessments can be measured. Success will be measured by the excitement the students exhibit when books and puppets are utilized.