As listed in Rod and Staff's 2013 catalog

Beginning in Music

Beginning in Music One is a set of 32 perforated worksheets designed to teach two sets of musical characters: the shapes and kinds of notes.
      The teacher's guide at the front of the booklet of worksheets suggests musical ideas on a weekly basis to help students develop a diatonic feeling.

Beginning in Music Two reviews and drills syllable shapes and kinds of tones with 36 perforated worksheets. It is more advanced than Grade 1 in that pupils learn to draw shaped notes and characters showing note values, and they are drilled in writing the names and values of the notes. Rests are included in Grade 2. Pupils learn to draw and label rests.
      The teacher's guide suggests some musical ideas to use in developing the student's diatonic feeling.

Beginning in Music Three presents thirty-six perforated worksheets that review note shapes, note values, and rests. Various musical terms such as the scale, the staff, lines, spaces, and measures are taught in a simple manner. The last nine lessons introduce accidentals.
      The third grade music teacher is encouraged to spend considerable time developing the sudents' vocal abilites. Methods include musical ideas, scale drill, and individual singing of the scale.

Beginning in Music

18110 Pupil's Workbook   $3.50

18210 Beginning in Music Two   $3.50

18310 Beginning in Music Three   $3.50

Growing in Music
Grades 4 and 5

Though this textbook assumes that the pupil can recognize characters such as notes, rests, and clef signatures, it covers the simplest elements of music and can be used for those who have had no previous instruction.

In the first chapter, such aspects as sound and tone properties are taught. The second chapter teaches good singing habits. The third chapter teaches the various parts of the staff. Chapter 4 deals with the major diatonic scale, Chapter 5 with notes and rests, and Chapter 6 with rhythm.

Sight-reading exercises in the back of the book help the students to learn the scale and simple rhythm patterns. A section of rounds and two-part songs is provided to help the students in harmonizing parts.

The workbook is divided into 21 lessons, which combine exercises to help rivet in the pupils' minds the concepts taught in the textbook.

Flash cards and a test booklet are also available.

The teacher's manual gives positive direction so that the teacher will not lose his way -- even if he has never taught music before. Teaching the lessons and conducting the singing periods are clearly explained, and various drills and quizzes are included. Answers to questions in the pupil's books are given. Suggested songs are listed, which may be found in Silver Gems in Song (listed further down on this page).

Growing in Music

18510 Pupil's Textbook   $6.50

18511 Pupil's Workbook   $2.50

18591 Teacher's Manual   $6.25

18521 Test Booklet   $1.75

Developing in Music
Grades 6 and 7

Developing in Music consists of four books: pupil's textbook, workbook, test booklet, and teacher's manual. The pupil's textbook explains the rudiments of music. Concepts reviewed or taught include the staff and its parts, accidentals, the major and minor diatonic scales, the chromatic scale, key signatures, note values, measure structure, and expressive singing.

In addition, the appendix gives sight-reading exercises, three-part songs, and a glossary.

The teacher's manual divides the work into 30 lessons and gives practical help for teaching the music class. Suggested songs that relate to the lessons may be found in the Christian Hymnal.

Developing in Music

18601 Pupil's Textbook   $6.50

18621 Pupil's Workbook   $2.50

18691 Teacher's Manual   $6.00

18611 Test Booklet   $1.75

Music Helps

Our Heritage of Christian Song -- The characteristics and history of Christian music are presented in this interesting book. Hebrew music, church singing through the centuries, and the contribution of British and American hymn writers are discussed, along with Mennonite hymnology and other music-related information. The "For Further Study" exercises allow the book to be used for group studies. 228 pages. Hardcover.

Music Flash Cards -- These 8.5" x 5.5" cards double their use by having characters on both sides. Useful for all levels of teaching music, they drill identification of the staff and all symbols used in connection with it, note and rest values, names of lines and spaces, note shapes, accidentals, and key signatures.
      • 69 flash cards drilling 138 facts
      • category index highlighted on edge of card for easy reference
      • instructions and answers in both English and Spanish

Music Helps

2369 Our Heritage of Christian Song   $13.50

180412.1 Music Flash Cards   $10.50

Silver Gems in Song -- Songs for children and youth. Has many of the selections that were in Songs of Cheer for Children, which is out of print. This book complements the music curriculum Growing in Music (listed further up on this page). Shaped notes. 142 songs.

Songbooks & Hymnals

6530 Silver Gems in Song   $4.25

Songs We Love, compiled by David and Patty Martin -- These one-, two-, three-, and four-part children's songs are reverent and uplifting and appeal to children. Included are songs of praise and worship, prayer, the Bible, God's love and care, creation and nature, the Christian home, and more. The books contain appealing artwork. Old familiar songs and rounds are included, along with new songs which offer both children and adults some new horizons. Shaped notes. 231 songs.

8380 Songs We Love   $10.75

Life Songs #2 -- This favorite hymnal was first published in 1938 and includes 343 hymns and Gospel songs useful in a church setting as well as for cottage meetings, youth meetings, and in the Christian school. Shaped notes.

6279 Life Songs #2   $10.00

Church Hymnal -- A standard of excellence in Mennonite hymnals. A collection of 657 sturdy hymns and sacred songs suitable for use in public worship, worship in the home, and all general occasions. This hymnal has stood the test of time; 1927 copyright. Shaped Notes. 657 selections.
      Be sure to note two special resources below for this hymnbook: Church Hymnal Concordance and Singing With the Understanding.

6088 Church Hymnal   $16.50

Christian Hymnal -- This valuable collection includes many familiar hymns not found in other books. This book complements the music curriculum Developing in Music further up on this page. Shaped notes. 657 songs.

6076 Christian Hymnal   $14.00

Zion's Praises, Aaron Z. Weaver, compiler -- A collection of old and new hymns suitable for public, home, and school worship; for Bible schools and youth gatherings; and for chorus use. There is a wide selection of songs by Mennonite writers. Shaped notes. 816 songs. Hardcover. Weaver Music Company.
Zion's Praises   16.00

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