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Ensemble Easy to intermediate pieces for Orff ensemble grades 4 – 8. (book/CD - $24.95)

The series includes traditional sounding Orff arrangements, marimba music, etudes for technique, and multi-cultural pieces. Forms such as the chaccone, theme and variations, rondo, canon, and arrangements of fiddle tunes from Appalachia and Ireland are included.

The book includes a CD of studio recordings and live performances of the pieces. Several pieces from this collection were featured in sessions at the recent AOSA national conference in Las Vegas and were received with great enthusiasm! It is a great resource for this age group.

Wood Songs

Wood Songs - Pieces for xylophone and marimba ensembles grades 4 - 8 (book/CD - $24.95)

All pieces include lesson plans and are especially suitable for your 6th, 7th and 8th grade general music classes but can be adapted easily for your upper elementary students. The pieces sound great on your homemade marimbas and on your Orff xylophones. All these pieces sound great on Tom Bourne's Marimbas too!

The book includes a CD of studio recordings and live performances of the pieces. Several pieces from this collection were featured in sessions at the recent AOSA national conference in Las Vegas and were received with great enthusiasm! It is a great resource for this age group.

Canons Too!

Canons Too! - An Active Study in Part Singing for Grades 4 - 8 ($12.95)

This collection of eleven canons with lesson plans is suitable for young children in third through eighth grades. Six of the songs are arranged for Orff instruments. Each canon also has copying privileges so you can make every child a copy.

All songs work equally well a cappella or with Orff instruments. Teaching Suggestions and Lesson Plans for some of the songs are included. Contributing editor Rob Amchin has written an article to give many techniques and ideas about teaching rounds and canons.

This book is already a classic, but this new expanded edition is even better! Many of the songs and activities in this book are included in Brent's workshop presentation, "Singing To Learn." HERE'S for more information about Brent's workshops.

Blue Dude

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Blue Dude (Sheet Music $4.95 - PDF Download $2.95) - An original blues song for intermediate Orff ensemble 

An original blues arrangememt for middle school Orff Ensemble, this piece is a sure-fire energizer for your upper elementary or middle school general music students. 

With a clear lesson plan  and lots of helpful suggestions for use, plus several ways of adapting the piece for diatonic instruments, this tune will be on the top of your pile of great teaching/performance pieces every year. 

It's the traditional 12 bar blues with suggestions for accompaniment.  A winner!

Featured at Brent Holl's session at the national conference in Cincinnati in 2000, it received rave reviews from the session participants.

The Beatin' Path Consort Collection, Vol. 1
by Michael R. Nichols and Brent M. Holl ($6.95)

These two collections for SATB recorders include pieces that Michael and Brent have used with student and adult ensembles with great success. The arrangements progress from easy to intermediate and contain delightful melodies for all levels of recorder players. American folk melodies, original compositions, carols, and celtic tunes give this book a delightful variety of styles for every level of skill.

BPCC2

The Beatin' Path Consort Collection Volume II
by Michael R. Nichols and Brent M. Holl ($6.95)

These two collections for SATB recorders include pieces that Michael and Brent have used with student and adult ensembles with great success. The arrangements progress from easy to intermediate and contain delightful melodies for all levels of recorder players. American folk melodies, original compositions, carols, and celtic tunes give this book a delightful variety of styles for every level of skill.

Hymns and Songs

Hymns and Songs of the Brethren (Audio CD) $12.95

Hymns from "The Worship Book," the hymnal of the Mennonites and the Brethren arranged and performed in acoustic folk style using the traditional string band for accompaniment. Simple and direct, these are some of the folk songs that have been incorporated into the worship experience for the Brethren as well as some of the oldest gospel and traditional hymns of Appalachia.

Hymns for a Baby Boy

Hymns for a Baby Boy (Audio CD) $12.95

This CD includes songs emphasizing the birth (and life) of Jesus. Many songs are from The Hymnal: A Worship Book (the Brethren/Mennonite hymnal) plus several songs from the Hymnal Supplement are included. “Three Kings” by Robbie O’Connell, “Bread and Fishes” by Andy Bell, and “O Sing a Song of Bethlehem” from The Presbyterian Hymnal also found their way into this collection from other sources.

Hymns and Songs

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Hymns for the Young in Spirit (Audio CD) $12.95

Several songs for children plus some spirituals from "The Worship Book," the hymnal of the Mennonites and the Brethren arranged and performed in acoustic folk style using the traditional string band for accompaniment.

This project was inspired by the children of the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren and features several of their favorite songs for Children's Church.  This is a very family friendly CD but also interesting for lovers of acoustic folk.

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