102.   I teach kindergarten in a school that is about 80% Afro-American, 5% Caucasian and 10% Hispanic. We are a Title 1 school, in that almost all of the students are on Free Lunch.

My years of teaching have shown me the important effect that instruction using music has on the learning of five-year-olds. It occurs to me to try to find songs that are in both English and Spanish to help convey meaning.

I've gone through many web searches, and have exhausted the "Spanish/English children's music" category on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and sheetmusic plus.com.

Can you help me find more resources, or tell me who could help? I play the piano/keyboard, and can also lead songs without accompaniment.

 

Music has a very positive effect on learning AT ALL AGES!!!! It has been shown to influence math skills achievement, reading comprehension, etc. I would like to emphasize the importance of the visual image. Many songs contain vocabulary --a wonderful asset of music lyrics-- not usually found in ordinary conversations.

You may have to search directly through music companies, music publishers, and through direct contact with government agencies relating to education in Spanish-speaking countries. They may have curricula for Pre-K and K that include music. You may also go to local music libraries at large universities where they have a wealth of music from many other countries. The recording industry in foreign countries may be of help. I am sure there are many records with songs for children from Spanish-speaking countries. You may also search NABE (National Association for Bilingual Education), CABE (California Association for Bilingual Education) and TABE (Texas Association for Bilingual Education). Through their Web Sites you may reach some of their sponsors which include music producers. Try also Josť Orozco who is a well-known singer of children's songs in English and Spanish.

 

 


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