MUS-BR1 Purposeful Pathways, Book 1


MUS-BR1 Purposeful Pathways, Book By Roger Sams and Beth Ann Hepburn

“Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Room, Book 1” is an extensive collection of developmentally sequenced lessons for learning about music by making music. This collection incorporates strategies from Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Kod·ly and Orff Schulwerk. Each of the thirty lessons included is actually a collection of lessons or pathways, giving teachers many choices for how to work with the material. The possibilities in this book can be selected and shaped to work effectively in diverse situations. The teacher chooses which pathways will be explored and in what sequence they will be used. This flexible design makes this resource helpful to all teachers, first-year to seasoned educators!  CD must be purchased seperately.

  • Book 1 comes with a CD-ROM of PDF files of hands-on manipulatives to be reproduced for classroom use.
  • Electronic visuals (SMART Notebook files, which can be used even if you don’t use a SMART Board with free downloadable software) are available on the companion CD-ROM as an optional additional purchase. This CD-ROM companion to “Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom, Book 1” contains three formats: Microsoft® PowerPoint®, SMART Notebook™, and Promethean ActivInspire.

Rhythmic concepts organized & covered in Book 1 include: steady beat, quarter note, two eighth notes, quarter rest, sol, mi, la and do.

Name Riddle
Burnie Bee
Engine, Engine Number Nine
Mince Pie Fly
Cobbler, Cobbler
Young Animals
Rain on the Green Grass
The Mill Wheel
Barber, Barber Shave a Pig
Simple Simon
Shoemaker’s Dance
Bubble, Bubble, Bubble!
Lucy Locket
Duérmete, Mi Niña
High in the Pine Tree
Davy Dumpling
Humpty Dumpty
Jelly in the Bowl
We Fish
Hickory Dickory Dare
Horsing Around
Charlie in the Tub
Johnny’s Gone to Tea
Pease Porridge Hot
Wee Willie Winkie
Apple Tree
Johnny on the Woodpile
Little Sally Walker
Counting Out Rhymes
Garden Gate

Purposeful Pathways is endorsed by leading experts in all three pedagogical approaches utilized. Here’s what the experts are saying:

“This book is a collection of music lessons to introduce beginning students to the excitement of discovering and learning music by making it. The variety of musical pathways presented becomes a road to rhythmic and melodic literacy, with clearly mapped goals and objectives. The journey is enriched by the variety of musical elements and behaviors included, providing many choices for exploring each of the 30 examples in the collection. Movement ideas enhance opportunities for students to actively explore musical material.

The expert guidance of two experienced author/teachers is evident on every page, and is highlighted in special inserts called Teacher Talk. Icons, charts, and drawings add to the playful presentation of the material ñ many of which are available in an optional CD-ROM. The carefully selected collection of songs and rhymes provides artful early encounters with music, establishing a solid foundation for future musical experiences.”

-Jane Frazee
Founding Director, Graduation Programs in Music Education, University of St. Thomas
Past President, American Orff-Schulwerk Association

“Purposeful Pathways provides the music specialist with valuable tools to integrate singing, playing of instruments, and creative and purposeful movement. While these lessons can be used across many elementary grade levels, Roger and BethAnn have created movement ideas for young children to imitate animals or characters and explore rhythmic pathways, and movement for later grades that coordinate specific durations or rhythmic ostinato patterns with the text and music. This book would be helpful not only for new teachers, but for experienced music educators interested in learning how to integrate our learning approaches.”

-R. J. David Frego, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Music, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Past President, Dalcroze Society of America

“Whimsy all but leaps off the pages of this wonderful collection of creative activities for developing music reading, improvisation, composition, and instrument playing skills. Fresh melodies composed to time-honored rhymes are paired with clever ostinati leading to simple and effective instrumental arrangements incorporating movement and song. The Teacher Talk sections contain gems and jewels of advice that can only come from extensive experience with children. I am excited to use many of the ideas with my education majors! You will certainly be successful with these pathways in your classroom!”

-Jill Trinka, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Coastal Carolina University
Past President, American Association of Kod·ly Educators