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The Mood of the Fifth: A Musical Approach to Early Childhood

The Mood of the Fifth:  A Musical Approach to Early ChildhoodWe are pleased to announce a wonderful new resource full of information on ‘Mood of the Fifth’! WECAN‘s new publication, The Mood of the Fifth: a Musical Approach to Early Childhood, is a book you’ll treasure for years to come! Buy one for yourself and one for your favorite Early Childhood colleague — or perhaps a copy for your school library.

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Preface: Nancy Blanning
Introduction: Nancy Foster
Part One: First Steps into the Mood of the Fifth

1  Jennifer Aulie – The Value of Music in the Life of a Young Child
2  Eleanor Winship – Finding the Tonal Doorway to Early Childhood: The Mystery of Moods of Fifths
3  Wilma Ellersiek – Creating a Protective Tonal Space
4  Renate Long-Breipohl – Musical Forces and the Mood of the Fifth
5  Rita Jacobs – Music for Young Children
6  Jill Taplin – Working with the Mood of the Fifth
7  Nancy Foster – The Mood of Early Childhood: Music in the Kindergarten

Part Two: Deeper Insights into the Mood of the Fifth

8  Dyanne Harshman – A Path of Discovery: Working with the Mood of the Fifth
9  Lisa Gromicko – The Mood of the Fifth: The Blessing of Wonder
10  Andrea Lyman – The Mystery of the Mood of the Fifth
11  Sheila Johns – Music, Mobility, and the Mood of the Fifth
12  Christof-Andreas Lindenberg – The Music Curriculum through the Waldorf Approach
13  Jana Hawley – The Importance of the Mood of the Fifth in Modern Primary Education

Part Three: The World of Tone: Singing, Sounding, Listening

14  Carol Kelly – The Influence of Music on the Young Child
15  Sheila Johns – The Erosion of Listening: A Contemporary Crisis of Childhood
16  Karen Lonsky – Reflections on the Importance of Singing
17  Nancy Foster – This is the Way We Bake our Bread: A Note about Work Songs
18  Judith Kierstead – Singing, Chanting, and Sound-Shape-Making: Preschoolers Sounding Being in Play
19  Sally Schweizer – “If music be the food of love, play on” – Shakespeare
20  Nancy Foster – Musical Instruments in the Classroom?
21  Estelle Bryer – What is the “Right Thing” for the Child?
22  Sarah Weber – The Creation of Tone: Instruments and Tuning in the Early Childhood Environment
23  Michael Deason-Barrow – Singing with Pre-school Children

List of Recommended Reading
Appendix: Three versions of a song in a major key, pentatonic mode, and mood of the fifth.

This book collects a multitude of perspectives on the theme of music in the mood of the fifth, created out of many years of striving to understand and work with this important means of supporting the healthy development of the young child. Classic articles by Jennifer Aulie, Wilma Ellersiek, and Rita Jacobs are included, along with new contributions by Andrea Lyman, Sheila Johns, Michael Deason-Barrow, Jana Hawley, Renate Long-Breipohl, Christof-Andreas Lindenberg, Sally Schweizer, Estelle Bryer, Eleanor Winship, and many others. This book will be a supportive and inspiring resource for teachers and caregivers of all levels of musical experience, offering clear descriptions and practical suggestions along with an appreciation of the profound esoteric role of music in human development.

Editor Nancy Foster taught kindergarten, nursery, and parent/child classes at Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten and Nursery in Maryland for over thirty years. She continues to be active in teacher training, and serves as Membership Coordinator of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America. Nancy is the author of Let Us Form a Ring and Dancing as We Sing, collections of seasonal songs, verses, stories, and rhythmic games, as well as In a Nutshell: Dialogues with Parents at Acorn Hill. She previously edited The Seasonal Festivals in Early Childhood: Seeking the Universally Human (WECAN, 2011).