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Ancient Times Songbook


Price: 14.95

Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome - songbook & CD
Words, music and background notes by Douglas Coombes
This is a book of 15 songs which have been written, as close as possible to the style which the composer, Douglas Coombes, believes would have been sung and played in these three ancient cultures.Each song has musical and historical background notes with pictures of musical instruments and scales/modes used. Plenty of information here to enable you to make music a really meaningful part of history studies. Songs included are - Egypt - Crocodile One, Crocodile Two; Farming Song; Grape Dance; Hymn to the Sun God; Pyramid Building Song; Greece - The Donkey, the Ape and the Mole; Jason; Mount Olympus; Summer Dance Song; Voice of the Lyre; Rome - The Gladiators; Hail Caesar; Hail Horatius; Hush My Dear Little One; Roman Galleys.
The songs are in unison with simple parts for unpitched percussion as well as parts for melody instruments. There are no piano parts as such, since harmonic
accompaniments would be completely out of style, but the use of keyboards is encouraged to imitate the sound of harp, lyre, trumpet, horn etc., as well as guitar indications in some songs.
The recording has been devised so that if you have a 'balance' or 'karaoke' control on your sound equipment, the voice and accompaniment can be isolated from each other. This means that you can sing along with the recorded accompaniment for example.The price of the book and CD pack reflects the fact that the songs are fully photocopiable, and permission is also given for one cassette copy of the CD to be made if you need to use the book in classrooms where a CD player is not available.Suitable Key Stage 1(age 7+) to 2/3; Scottish Levels B-E.

Big Songs Set1


Price: 6.95

Compiled & arranged by Douglas Coombes
This comprises a Teacher's Book and 5 Wallchart-size song sheets. The collection contains 5 Action Songs for Reception and Key Stage 1 children (ages 4 - 7). Believing strongly that under guidance, children will read music if they are exposed to the sight of it, Douglas Coombes has brought out this pack of songs which can be used in the same way as BIG BOOKS, to let the children SEE the songs they are singing. On the same principle as BIG BOOKS these charts can be used with a large group of children and can also be permanent reminders of the songs when displayed on the classroom wall.
Action Songs in the pack are:
Hands on Shoulders
One Elephant (South America)
Sorida (Zimbabwe)
The Chimp & the Flute (South America)
Christmas Tree (by Douglas Coombes)
Book of Call & Response (The)

Book of Call & Response (The)


Price: 9.95

compiled by John M. Feierabend

There are 56 folk songs in the book, which lend themselves to being
sung by a Leader (maybe the teacher) and a Group. Equally, once they
are known by everyone, you could simply split the class into 2 groups.
A good pre-cursor to singing in 2 parts, as these songs have been
chosen for the contrast between call and response. The majority of
the songs too, are quite robust and will be enjoyed by boys as well
as girls - such as Step back baby and Sing Hurrah boys. This book
could be dipped into throughout KS2 (Scottish Level B-C).

Book of Canons (The)


Price: 19.95

compiled by John M. Feierabend

This is a very comprehensive collection of canons - 71 in all. Most
are in English, but there are a few in German, Latin and Hebrew.
There are also a couple without words which can be vocalised to a
vowel (or vowels) of your own choice. Young singers always enjoy the
challenge of attempting this type of part singing and this volume is
a fantastic resource. KS2 & upwards (Scottish level C & upwards).
Book of Children's Songtales (The)

Book of Children's Songtales (The)


Price: 9.95

compiled by John M. Feierabend

This comprises some 57 folk songs (melody line only) with words which
come from the shared British and USA folk heritage. Aimed
specifically at the 7-9 age-range. Feierabend has discovered through
research and personal experience that the 7-9 year old is most
receptive to songs that tell a story - such as There's a hole in the
bucket, There was an old lady (who swallowed a fly), The fox went out
on a chilly night and Soldier, soldier.

Book of Echo Songs (The)

Book of Echo Songs (The)


Price: 9.95

complied by John M. Feierabend

Here is another great collection of songs (without accompaniment)
which enables the teach to sing for the class - rather than with
them. Some of the songs have over-lapping echoes; in others the echo
occurs after the leader has completed the phrase. There are 37 songs
in all, including one from Native American tradition and at least one
from Ghana, with the rest coming from the Euro-American heritage. As
with all of the other volumes in this series, there is a useful page
for the teacher about technique and strategy. Suitable KS2 & upwards
(Scottish Level C & upwards).

Carols of the Elements


Price: 2.50

Carols of the ElementsWords John Emlyn Edwards, music Douglas Coombes4 Christmas carols based on the elements - Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Optional 2nd voice part, melodic instrument, pitched & unpitched percussion, piano accompaniment. Suitable for class or choir/upperJuniors/Middle and up. KS2/3.Scottish Levels C/E
A Chance to Sing

A Chance to Sing


Price: 14.95

Written & compiled by Douglas Coombes
10 Unison songs with optional 2nd part and descants, with keyboard accompanimen
A book of songs about the problems and difficulties encountered by young people and their families. Not expressed in overt language, these songs are thought provoking, joyful, haunting and uplifting. They can make ideal material for assemblies or concerts and have already featured in a number of special concerts at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
The whole collection has been compiled by Douglas Coombes. (Eight are his own original songs and two are from Victorian times.) The two Victorian songs were included because the book is produced to celebrate the centenary of Barnardo's, the children's charity, and the sale of each book & CD set generates a donation of £5 to Barnardo's. The need which existed 100 years ago, is the same need which persists today.
The publication comes with a piano book, a separate Words & melody booklet (which is fully photocopiable) and a CD offering complete performances of all 10 songs.
Suitable for KS2 & upwards (Scottish Levels C & upwards; USA Grade 4/5 and up).

Chay Chay Cooley


Price: 9.95

[Book & CD Pack] 17 Action & Fun songs from around the worldselected & arranged by Douglas CoombesA superb collection of multi-cultural childrens songs with universal appeal from China, Greece, Ghana (the title song itself), Hawaii, Israel, Japan, Native America, Puerto Rico - arranged with straightforward piano accompaniments in which the melody is incorporated in the right hand. The tape, which comes with the book, clearly demonstrates all the songs in the appropriate musical style, and makes these many cultures readily accessible for classroom use. Each song has a 'Things to do' section which includes instructions for the games, actions and/or dances for that song.
KS1 [Scottish Levels A-B] youngsters will easily cope with these songs, but they will also go down well right across the Primary age-range.
Chorus for Everyone by Bette Gray-Fow

Chorus for Everyone by Bette Gray-Fow


Price: 9.95

An approach to choral singing through fun and effective warm-ups & pieces, which help everyone to sing & sound good.
Starting from the premise that everyone would like to be able to sing together with others, and do it well, Bette Gray-Fow explains her approach to singing with groups of all ages and experience. She does not avoid the thorny problem of 'technique' and has uncovered and explained some of its mysteries, sufficient to enable singers to improve what they are doing, and thereby, gain greater enjoyment and sense of accomplishment. Her work is a layered approach from firm foundations, maintaining that it is not always necessary or desirable to use printed music in the early stages. Nevertheless, this book does contain 4 choral pieces (which may be photocopied) and various warm-up and preparatory exercises and the reasons why they are recommended. Most of all, they are fun with bags of 'street cred'.

Count and Play.


Price: 9.95

Instrumental Pieces in Pictorial Notationdevised by Gordon Pearce A brilliant idea to get your pupils playing in a trice. Count and Play is a carefully devised approach to reading and playing from pictures, not conventional music-notation. The 'scores' in grid format in 2, 3, 4 and 5 time give plenty of practice at each stage and also encourage children to write their own pieces using the same approach. There are 48 pieces in all for unpitched, pitched and a mixture of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments. Emphasis is placed upon the children really listening to and appraising their own - and other's performances. You can mix and match the pieces and create varied forms, ending up with extended pieces. The book is fully photocopiable and there are templates provided in the book, which you can give to the children for writing out their own music. There is also a handy Teacher's Record Chart, so you can keep track of who has played which score. This dazzlingly simple idea enables children to play together in groups, yet each follow an independent part. The real advantage of this book is that it can be handled by any teacher (music-reader or not), so long as they can count up to 2, 3, 4 and 5.Suitable KS1[Scottish Levels A-B].

Izzy Wizzy


Price: 9.95

Beginning instrumental ensembles for the classroom by Su Summers All 10 pieces in this book are either 2 or 4 bars long. Short, but the idea is that you repeat as many times as you wish, changing the combination of parts. There are parts for descant recorders, ocarinas, violins, glock., xylophone and/or metallophones, bass xylophone, percussion and in addition there is a bass clef part as well as parts in Bflat so that beginner clarinets and trumpets can be incorporated too. You need not use the instruments specified in the score - use whatever you have at your disposal. Originally designed as Œwarm-up¹ pieces, this simple idea has developed into a full-scale collection of versatile pieces which give scope for the players to determine the structure and length of each one - or they can be completely spontaneous, as directed by signals from the conductor. Su Summers recommends that each player should have the complete score so that they are fully aware of what everyone else is playing, so this wonderful collection of throughly Œusuable¹ material is fully photocopiable within the purchasing establishment. An outstanding resource for all schools ­ infant, junior, primary and middle. Suitable Key Stages 1&2/Scottish Levels A-C.

Lindsay Carol Book


Price: 1.95

Arr.Douglas Coombes10 carols from around the world in 2 parts with chord symbols.Contains:Sleep Safely in the Golden Hay (Spain)The Bagpiper's Carol (Italy)Mary Had a Baby (West Indies)I Wonder as I Wander ( N.Carolina)Star Blaze (by Douglas Coombes)What You Gonna Call Yo' Pretty Little Baby (Spiritual)Shepherds of the Hillside (Venezuela)One Winter's Night (Germany)Shepherd's Leave Your Flocks (Puerto Rico)The Cuckoo Carol (Czechoslovakia)KS2-3 [Scottish Levels C/E]

Lindsay Folk Book


Price: 1.95

Words John Emlyn Edwards, arr. Douglas Coombes10 Folksongs from around the world in 2 parts with chord symbols
Contains:
Poll Perica (Venezuela)
The Mountians I Love (Switzerland)
Moon of Mamaku (Philippines)
Ma Bela Bimba (Italy)
Carmen Carmela (Mexico)
Ching-a-Ling Tonk Tonk (Czechoslovakia)
Ahrirang (Korea)
Song Bird (Yugoslavia)
Gypsy Dance (Spain)
Angelico (Haiti)
KS 2-3 [Scottish Levels C/E]
Now Let Me Fly

Now Let Me Fly


Price: 7.95

Compiled, arranged & written by Douglas Coombes

Echo songs are found in many cultures and have always been popular. These 21 songs follow that tradition with the leader singing a phrase and the rest of the group singing that phrase back. The advantage of such songs is immediate and significant in the development of a child's musicality as it means that by echoing what they have just heard the children can start singing immediately. It has been found that even shy children soon join in.Echo songs help children to listen and so develop ear training; they help pitch awareness and help to develop confidence and independence. It is a great way of teaching English as a second language.

Singing unaccompanied is recommended as this will enable the teacher to concentrate and focus on the children's voices and let the children develop their inner and harmonic hearing and true intonation by hearing only the sounds they need to copy without the sounds of a piano or other instrument, which can be intrusive. It also means that the teacher can give full scope by singing phrases at different dynamics p, mf, f, cresc, dim. etc., which the singers have to copy when echoing. All this helps with their listening development. When the songs are really known, then a song may be accompanied lightly on an instrument; to help with such accompaniments chord symbols have been provided.

The songs are graded for difficulty from 'very easy' to 'difficult'. The last four echo songs: Ding Bells, Dong bells, Forest of Magic Sounds, Land of the Silver Birch and Mighty, Mighty Chief introduce simple repeated patterns (ostinati) which are in themselves an introduction to 2 part singing. Suitable across a wide age-range and adult too.

Orchestra Sings (The)


Price: 4.95

Words Johnny Morris. music Douglas Coombes6 delightful songs about the orchestra - one for each section, in addition to a song about the Orchestra as a whole, and another about the Leader and the Conductor. Chord symbols, piano part, pitched & unpitched percussion and a melodic instrumental part. Suggestions for follow-up included. KS 2 [Scottish Level B/C].

Two of the songs, The Orchestra and The Leader and the Conductor have been orchestrated - details in Hire Music.

Price Teacher's Book £4.25
Pupils' Book £1.50
Pupils' replacement insert worksheet 10p

Percussion Carol (The)


Price: 4.95

Words & music Douglas CoombesDelightful unison carol with parts for melody instruments and unpitched percussion, chord symbols and piano. Suitable for infants and lower juniors, it has Words which are easily learned and memorised. Scope too, for a little bit of improvisation in the instrumental parts which are quite straightforward. Each verse features a different set of percussion instruments. 3 copies of each instrumental part included with the piano score. KS1-2 [Scottish levels A-B/C]

Round the Classics


Price: 4.50

17 rounds based on classical themesarranged by Douglas CoombesDouglas Coombes has taken themes from classical composers Beethoven, Bizet, Handel, Haydn, Humperdinck, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Purcell, Smetana and Sullivan. In many cases he has adapted or translated existing Words to fit the themes represented and has extended the melodies to enable each to be sung as a 3-part round, with the exception of Hallelujah (Handel) which can be performed as a 4-part round. These are easy to teach and make ideal warm-up material for any choir. Good too as the basis for introducing structure in pre-GCSE work.KS2 & above [Scottish Levels C & above] & Adult.

Sing Around the World - Melody Edition


Price: 4.95

53 folksongs from around the world for UPPER voices. Unison with optional 2nd part & piano accompaniment arranged by Douglas Coombes. This bumper collection of folksongs from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Czechoslovakia, England, Germany, Greece, Guyana, Hungary, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Samoa, Scotland, United States, Wales, West Indies is just the thing for class singing or for choir work. Each song has a proper introduction and coda, so it is also a ready-made concert item resource. Each song is effective performed in unison only, but the optional 2nd part adds an extra dimension when forces permit. The subject matter has a universal appeal for girls/boys or even adult choirs
(SA). KS2/3 & adult [Scottish Levels C/D/E & adult]
(Price Piano Edition £12.95, Melody Edition £4.95)

Sing Around the World - Piano Version

Sing Around the World - Piano Version


Price: 12.95

Piano Edition of the above

Sing the Classics


Price: 12.95

Teacher's Book, photocopiable Melody part & recording.
Arranged by Douglas Coombes
Designed to provide a way into listening to music, well-known themes by famous composers including Beethoven, Bizet, Dvorak, Grieg, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Offenbach, Rimsky-Korsakov, Saint-Saëns, Vivaldi and folk tunes which occur in works by Copland, Tchaikovsky and Vaughan Williams have been turned into songs. Learn the songs and then, from your own library of recordings, listen to the orchestral work from which the themes come. A great way of introducing classical music! The song-pack contains a teacher's book (piano accompaniments and notes on the works) as well as photocopiable melody parts for the pupils and a cassette which contains full performances of all 20 songs. The recording has been arranged so that the accompaniments can be isolated and used where no pianist is available. Suitable KS 2-3. Scottish Levels B-E.

Singalive!


Price: 6.95

Words Arthur Scholey, music Donald Swann12 songs on aspects of Christianity, for a variety of forces - all with piano accompaniment. Written in a broad, tuneful style with thought-provoking Words. 9 of the songs are in unison, including the much loved Baboushka, I'm a Living Song and We've Only One World. Some have an extra part for flute or recorder, others have a unison line with SATB chorus; the most complex is The Song of the Building which involves 2 semi-choruses, 2 soloists, handbells, piano, organ and plastic conkers! Other titles: Christmas Present Who Am I? A Song in the City I'm Glad to be Human Lord Who has Shown to Us We Welcome You, NightOh Praise HimSimeon's SongThe Fuddlejig Cakewalk (instrumental only with 'fun' instruments such as hammer, reception desk bell, football rattle etc.).Ideal for Secondaries or church groups. KS 3 [Scottish Levels C/E]

Songkit


Price: 9.95

10 folksongs arranged for flexible combination of voices by Douglas CoombesS.A.B [or S.S.A.A.(T).B.] We have all seen mix and match instrumental music for young players, but here is mix and match music for teenage voices. The 10 up-tempo folksongs in this collection have been arranged in 5 parts, so that they work well if only 2 voices (S.A.) are available, but they can also incorporate boys voices as well - all the boys singing the bass line which is printed in the bass clef, or using tenors, if you have them, singing one of the alto lines, or even the 2nd soprano part down the octave.This mix and match concept means that you also have complete freedom over which parts sing together in different sections of the song, so it may also be thought of as 'create your own arrangement', where no 2 perfomances ever need be the same again. To help you keep track of the building blocks of each song, printed on the page are structure boxes, so that you can make a note of your preferred version of the song.There are also chord symbols so that an accompaniment may be improvised on keyboards/guitars and the whole book is fully photocopiable. This represents GREAT VALUE and enables you to provide printed music for all the singers to see.Titles include: The Blue Tail Fly, Go Tell it On the Mountain, Pay Me My Money Down, Water Come a Me Eye, Rock-a-my Soul, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Sambalele, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Sandyland & Old Joe Clarke.Suitable for young teenage up to adult voices.

Songs from Ting Tang the Elephant


Price: 1.95

Words Johnny Morris, music Douglas CoombesThese are 4 songs with a circus theme. Originally from an orchestral work called Ting Tang the Elephant these unison songs make a light-hearted and well-balanced concert group - The Ringmaster's song, The Trapeze song, What Else Can an Elephant Do? (Ting Tang's song), The Sea-Lions' song. Piano accompaniment & chord symbols. KS2 [Scottish Levels B/C].For the complete work with orchestra see Music On Hire

Sound Singing


Price: 6.95

Ideas for improving the quality of singing in class and choir by Gordon Pearce Written by an Inspector for the Performing Arts, who is also an examiner in Singing for the Guildhall School of Music, this new book sets out to explain the aims and ideals of good singing and provides warm-ups breathing exercises diction exercises some important "do's and don'ts" identifying common faults photos showing good posture and mouth shapes choosing repertoire what to bear in mind during rehearsals & performance useful organisations As far as possible Gordon Pearce has avoided technical jargon and detailed physical analysis. With the increased importance of singing within the National Curriculum in Music 2000, this book offers practical help with a simplicity of approach which all will find invaluable and user-friendly. Suitable for all Key Stages/Scottish Levels.

Wallchart Pack of 2


Price: 3.95

Notes of the Treble & Bass ClefsThis is a best-selling resource - a pack of 2 size A2 wallcharts - each 59.4cm x 42cm - one showing the notes of the treble clef and the other showing the notes of the bass clef for easy reference on the classroom, studio or bedroom wall. Printed in black on white background.

We are the future


Price: 2.50

Words and music by Douglas CoombesThis is a really beautiful new song (from a choral cycle) written for the children on the Island of Jersey and premiered there in the summer of 2001. The Words are simple - not babyish, so young people of all ages will love singing this piece. Douglas Coombes has combined his Words with an outstanding melody - not difficult, yet incrediby haunting. This song can be performed at many occasions, both in concerts and in worship. The refrain of Dona nobis pacem (Give us peace) adds a great depth to the song and is sure to make a tremendous impact on the performers as well as audiences.

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