Music: If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing!
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... so wrote the author of Peter Pan – J M Barrie. Now there’s someone who’d grasped the power and pleasure of singing!
Don’t forget to download your free lyrics and audio for the two songs featured here. Activity sheets‘If You Can Walk, You Can Dance’ and ‘We’re Here Again,’ and Multimedia resources,‘If You Can Walk, You Can Dance’ and ‘We’re Here Again.’ The multimedia resources use the Words on Screen™ technology (see below) and allow you to play an instrumental and/or vocal version.
Musical publisher and production company, Out Of The Ark Music, was established on this same conviction. Here, they explain how singing is something to be actively promoted and facilitated in schools:
‘In our own experience, singing has been all too often overlooked, undervalued and shied away from. Children were often made to perform patronising, poorly written songs (‘It’s only a children’s song’), while at the same time, already overstretched teachers mostly felt inadequate to even tackle singing, let alone try and work creatively with it. For those teachers, getting children to sing felt about as achievable as teaching them to fly! But now, the Government’s Music Manifesto campaign to ‘put singing back into schools’ has begun and the momentum for singing is rising.
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Published 19 May 2008
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