So Why Music?

All children need to have music as a part of their education, not because children need to become accomplished musicians (though certainly a worth while objective), but to encourage the development of sensitivity, creativity, and discipline, while at the same time bringing joy into their everyday classroom experiences. Music contributes to the education of the whole child beyond the basic need for literacy and numeracy. As a whole brain activity it is unique in the core of educational curricula uniting cognitive musical elements formed on both sides of the brain. It provides opportunity for self expression, divergent thinking, and problem solving. It also enhances the development of positive self esteem and engages students in opportunities to work cooperatively in group interaction. In short, music attends to the need to include humanity as an essential part of our children's education.

This songbook was sponsored by the Fine Arts division of the Utah State Board of Education and features practical music lessons correlated to the Utah State Music Core Curriculum standards and Integrated across the elementary education curriculum.

Songbook Contents
Introduction and Explanation

Honey You Can't love One (See New River Train)

It's Raining lt's Pouring (see Rain, Rain)

Sandy Land (see Skip to My Lou)

Swing Low Sweet Chariot (see All Night All Day)

When the Saints Go Marching In (see This Train)

Movement/Dance Options



A Ram Sam Sam | Play
A simple line dance in a middle eastern style

Alabama Gal | Play
A dance for two couple sets

Apples and Bananas | Play
A couple dance performed with a Cha Cha rhythm

Chumbara | Play
A couple dance after the style of French Canadian step dancing

Cindy |  Play
A simple circle dance in the style of "big circle mountain" dancing

Cotton-Eyed Joe |Play
A contemporary American country line dance for sets of 3

Don Gato | Play
A couple dance to be performed with a Latin American flare

Kum Ba Yah | Play
A line dance reflecting the peaceful character of the song

Mama Paquita | Play
A Latin America line dance popular at Carnival

My Home's in Montana | Play
A line dance with a relaxing triple meeting

My Paddle |Play
A circle dance adaptation of traditional Native American style

New River Train | Play
A couple dance reminiscent of traditional American country style

Oh, How Lovely is the Evening | Play
A Zimple circle dance in triple meter

Paw Paw Patch | Play
A simple dance for three person sets

She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain | Play
A square dance in traditional formation

Skip to My Lou | Play
An easy circle dance for walking or skipping

Tinga Layo | Play
A couple dance in an adapted Calypso style

Turkey in the Straw | Play
A simple variation of the traditional Virginia Reel in long sets

Wabash Cannon Ball | Play
The "Patty Cake Polka" a traditional pioneer couple dance

We Come to Greet You in Peace | Play
A line dance in traditional Israeli style