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Hear samples of the quality children's music that Plank Road Publishing has been writing for music teachers for over 25 years.

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Hear samples of the quality children's music that Plank Road Publishing has been writing for music teachers for over 25 years.

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Whacky Do Re Mi

By JessicaTeacher - Mar 09 2016
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I wish I could purchase the Whacky Do Re Mi accompaniment as a single. I would pay for sheet music and accompaniment CD but I can't afford $52 for the full magazine and CD with the song inside. First year teacher budget!

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2

Whacky Do Re Mi

By JessicaTeacher - Mar 09 2016
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I wish I could purchase the Whacky Do Re Mi accompaniment as a single. I would pay for sheet music and accompaniment CD but I can't afford $52 for the full magazine and CD with the song inside. First year teacher budget!
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Music K-8 Music Sampler Podcast

Latest release on Mar 30, 2018

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Hear samples of the quality children's music that Plank Road Publishing has been writing for music teachers for over 25 years.

Rank #1: Warm-Ups For Young Voices

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Properly warming up young singers can be tough, especially when you have a limited amount of time with them and when your singers are easily distracted. By popular demand, Anne and Teresa have created a fundamental set of warm-ups designed with these challenges in mind.

Feb 02 2011

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Rank #2: K8 KidTunes

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Kids can find tons of great music from Music K-8 magazine that they can download legally for only $0.99/song or $1.98/video.

Feb 09 2011

1min

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Rank #3: Recorder Karate 2

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This continuation has a lot more music and fully orchestrated accompaniments. The songs are in order of increasing difficulty, divided into logical sections, including 9 Black Belt Degrees. Like the first volume, the songs are designed to be played and tested with the belt reward system. Songlist: The Wedding March, Old Joe Clark, On Top of Old Smoky, Can Can, America (My Country 'Tis Of Thee), Polly Wolly Doodle, I've Been Working On The Railroad, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Buffalo Gals, Aura Lee, Home On The Range, Rocky Mountain, Renaissance Dance, New World Symphony, Take Me Out To The Ball Game, Jingle Bells, We Three Kings, and Shalom Chaverim.

Jan 26 2018

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Rank #4: Recorder Karate

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This classroom-tested, carefully planned recorder method incorporates a positive reward system in which students receive colored "karate belts" (not included) to hang from their recorders for each progressively more difficult tune.

Jan 12 2018

2mins

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Rank #5: A Joyous Season For Recorders

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From the pages of Music K-8 magazine and Recorder Classroom, A Joyous Season For Recorders includes: Joyous Prelude (Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring), Finlandia - A Hymn To Winter, Saga Of The Three Ships, Quest Of The Three Kings, Fantasy On An Old French Carol, and Ode To Joy.

Dec 15 2017

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Rank #6: Carols For Ukulele

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These familiar and beloved carols will be a really nice addition to your ukulele curriculum, and they'll provide a bit of variety at your next holiday concert. Carols For Ukulele includes: Go Tell It On The Mountain; O Come, All Ye Faithful; Good King Wenceslas; Away In A Manger; Pat-A-Pan; and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.

Nov 17 2017

5mins

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Rank #7: Ugly Sweaters & Other Festive Fun

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This fun-loving collection includes: Ugly Sweater, Turn Off That Nose!, I Know About Snow, Hip Hop Elves, A Kitty For A Present, I Want Some Pumpkin Pie, and Rock The Holly.

Nov 03 2017

5mins

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Rank #8: Spirit Of The Season

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Spirit Of The Season includes: This Holiday, Here Comes The Snow, Let's Make It Shine!, Mister Frosty Winter, Season Of Bells, Mostly What I Wish For, and O Come Little Children (sacred and secular versions).

Oct 20 2017

5mins

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Rank #9: I'm A Little Scarecrow (28/1)

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Here's a very short and very simple tune for your youngest singers. Seasonal if you like, but not necessarily, it lets them pretend that they are little scarecrows chasing away crows. There are optional claps at the beginning as well as optional movement suggestions right on the music during the chorus at measure 9. Use them as is, or adapt however works for you.

Sep 22 2017

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Rank #10: Back To School (28/1)

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Great for a beginning-of-year rally or assembly, "Back To School" is an upbeat, happy tune that aims to get your kiddos excited about the new school year. Learning can be fun if we make it fun, so this tune is good for kids who might be struggling with leaving the joys of summer vacation behind as well as those who are already enthusiastic about school.

Aug 25 2017

2mins

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Rank #11: Nice, Not Naughty (Music K-8, Vol. 27, No. 2)

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This retro style pop tune cuts right to the heart of the matter with its declarations that nice is preferred to naughty, especially where Santa is involved. He does, after all, check that list twice every year.

Aug 04 2017

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Rank #12: We All Need Peace (Music K-8, Vol. 27, No. 1)

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This song was specifically written for the International Day of Peace (which falls on September 21 and is sometimes referred to as World Peace Day), but it can be used in any similar way, as it does not mention this particular occasion by name.

Jul 07 2017

2mins

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Rank #13: Better Bundle Up (Music K-8, Vol. 27, No. 2)

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This pop style tune is funky, fun, bluesy, hip, and downright contagious. Our older singers in the studio had a great time with it, though we have no doubt that your capable younger students will enjoy it as well. Our choreographer, Melissa Schott, has put together some fabulous steps that you can use. You will find a video which includes her full demonstration as well as step-by-step instructions on our web site.

Jun 23 2017

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Rank #14: Risseldy Rosseldy (Music K-8, Vol. 27, No. 1)

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While this song has been a staple for folk singers for well over a century, it has roots in the Scottish Highlands in the song "Wee Cooper O'Fife." In "Risseldy, Rosseldy," our couple starts newly married, but we gradually learn that the wife of the person singing the song is either lazy or more likely separated from reality a bit. And the song gets a little crazier as it moves on.

Jun 09 2017

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Rank #15: American Heart (Music K-8, Vol. 27, No. 1)

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This wonderful, heartfelt opening song can be used either with the revue, or outside of it, as you see fit. The theme is as the title suggests, our American hearts. Which is why the rhythm begins with the iconic pulse of a beating heart, joined shortly by the singers who amplify it using the syllables "pum" and "pa." Brass, drums, strings, woodwinds, timpani, chimes, and a full rock rhythm section lift singers and audience alike to full patriotic fervor. Let your students really get immersed and sing out with joy.

May 26 2017

1min

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Rank #16: Grandma’s Chicken Soup

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Chicken soup is the theme in this humorous country piece featuring guitar, banjo, and chicken choir. Young singers will enjoy the lively tempo and fun lyrics, and its repetition makes the song fairly easy to learn. Movement would also enhance the lyrics of this fun song.

Apr 28 2017

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Rank #17: Whale Song

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The notion that music comes in many forms and styles and languages has never been more evident than when you listen to the sounds of whales "singing." This song sets out to capture just a bit of these amazing sounds, not only through the actual sound effects in the various four bar interludes, but also in the accompaniment, which gives you the feeling of being out on a ship. Singing very expressively, there are lots of crescendos and diminuendos, ebbing and flowing like waves.

Apr 14 2017

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Rank #18: Ugly Sweater

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The concept of the ugly sweater probably didn't begin with someone trying to design an ugly sweater. It seems more likely that whoever created the first ugly sweater was actually trying to make a beautiful sweater. What's beautiful to one person may be ugly to someone else. This song addresses both points of view in a comical way.

Mar 31 2017

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Rank #19: Snowman, Where'd You Go?

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What a mystery! The snowman was just there a while ago and now, he's gone. Where could he be? Your students will have fun with the "clues" to his disappearance - a sunny day, and a carrot on the ground. But of course, the real fun and humor come with the search. Add a few simple movements to exaggerate their efforts, such as looking up for "high" and looking down for "low."

Mar 17 2017

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Rank #20: Artie Almeida's Easy Echoes & Excellent Ears

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These nine separate warm-up sequences, in two sets, are much like they were in the two issues they came from. The first six warm-ups, "Excellent Ears," are easier and moderately short. These six echoes are based on the notes B, A, G, BA, AG, and BAG. The last three warm-ups, "Easy Echoes," are longer, and spiral progressively. They feature the notes, respectively, BAG, BAGC'D', and low D low EBAG. Since these sets are more complex, three recordings are provided for each, at 84 bpm, 92 bpm, and 100 bpm.

Jan 20 2017

2mins

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Alleluia, Hodie Alleluia

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Here is an energetic Christmas selection for your older singers. The text is all Latin and we've set this in a 3-part voicing with part 3 being accessible to your lower, changing, and changed voices. It can also be performed as a unison piece using part 1 only. You'll want to be sure to observe the dynamics to bring out the most excitement in the song.

Mar 30 2018

1min

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Sing In The Holidays (28/2)

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This wonderfully majestic piece was written to serve as an opening song for your Christmas, holiday, winter, or seasonal performances, but you can certainly use it as a closer or a featured "big tune" within a performance instead. It's deliberately modeled after grander traditional carols, but with the emphasis on the music of the season.

Mar 16 2018

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My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean (28/1)

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"My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean" or "Bring Back My Bonnie To Me" is a traditional Scottish folk tune. Our arrangement features mandolin and strings and incorporates a few chord substitutions for a unique feel.

Mar 02 2018

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Recorder BYTES - 2nd Series

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This second series of nine individual Recorder Bytes breaks down the music into smaller, easier to learn segments for your students to practice and play along with. Songs include: The Wedding March, Old Joe Clark, On Top Of Old Smoky, Can Can, America, Polly Wolly Doodle, I've Been Working On The Railroad, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

Feb 23 2018

3mins

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Rise Up Singing!

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These eight great arrangements will give you strong programming across the genre of African American music. Songs include: Down By The Riverside, Follow The Drinking Gourd, Get On Board, Yonder Come Day, One More River, Go Down Moses, Lift Every Voice And Sing, and This Little Light Of Mine.

Feb 09 2018

5mins

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Recorder Karate 2

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This continuation has a lot more music and fully orchestrated accompaniments. The songs are in order of increasing difficulty, divided into logical sections, including 9 Black Belt Degrees. Like the first volume, the songs are designed to be played and tested with the belt reward system. Songlist: The Wedding March, Old Joe Clark, On Top of Old Smoky, Can Can, America (My Country 'Tis Of Thee), Polly Wolly Doodle, I've Been Working On The Railroad, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Buffalo Gals, Aura Lee, Home On The Range, Rocky Mountain, Renaissance Dance, New World Symphony, Take Me Out To The Ball Game, Jingle Bells, We Three Kings, and Shalom Chaverim.

Jan 26 2018

4mins

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Recorder Karate

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This classroom-tested, carefully planned recorder method incorporates a positive reward system in which students receive colored "karate belts" (not included) to hang from their recorders for each progressively more difficult tune.

Jan 12 2018

2mins

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An Old-Fashioned Christmas

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You can almost hear the velvet voices of the crooners of a by-gone era singing this song. Evoking a sense of the past, it truly sounds like an old-fashioned Christmas tune with an accompaniment that includes shimmering strings and mellow brass. The gentle rhythm will have singers and audience alike swaying from side to side.

Dec 29 2017

2mins

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A Joyous Season For Recorders

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From the pages of Music K-8 magazine and Recorder Classroom, A Joyous Season For Recorders includes: Joyous Prelude (Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring), Finlandia - A Hymn To Winter, Saga Of The Three Ships, Quest Of The Three Kings, Fantasy On An Old French Carol, and Ode To Joy.

Dec 15 2017

5mins

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We Wish You A Recorder Christmas

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This collection has multiple parts, with part 1 using low D, low E, G, A, B, and C, and an optional part 2 that can be played on just G, A, and B. The parts work together, though either one can be used by itself as your concert presentation. We Wish You A Recorder Christmas includes: Pat-A-Pan, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Sing We Now Of Christmas, Up On The Housetop, Auld Lang Syne, and We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

Dec 01 2017

4mins

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Carols For Ukulele

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These familiar and beloved carols will be a really nice addition to your ukulele curriculum, and they'll provide a bit of variety at your next holiday concert. Carols For Ukulele includes: Go Tell It On The Mountain; O Come, All Ye Faithful; Good King Wenceslas; Away In A Manger; Pat-A-Pan; and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.

Nov 17 2017

5mins

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Ugly Sweaters & Other Festive Fun

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This fun-loving collection includes: Ugly Sweater, Turn Off That Nose!, I Know About Snow, Hip Hop Elves, A Kitty For A Present, I Want Some Pumpkin Pie, and Rock The Holly.

Nov 03 2017

5mins

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Spirit Of The Season

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Spirit Of The Season includes: This Holiday, Here Comes The Snow, Let's Make It Shine!, Mister Frosty Winter, Season Of Bells, Mostly What I Wish For, and O Come Little Children (sacred and secular versions).

Oct 20 2017

5mins

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Shiver & Shake (28/1)

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We've deliberately made the singing part of this multi-purpose tune all unison and simple to learn. That way, you can give more attention to the focus of the song: the mysterious stuff that's making all those sounds that make us shiver and shake!

Oct 06 2017

1min

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I'm A Little Scarecrow (28/1)

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Here's a very short and very simple tune for your youngest singers. Seasonal if you like, but not necessarily, it lets them pretend that they are little scarecrows chasing away crows. There are optional claps at the beginning as well as optional movement suggestions right on the music during the chorus at measure 9. Use them as is, or adapt however works for you.

Sep 22 2017

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Fa La La Land

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Your new favorite holiday musical is here! Approximately 20 minutes long, the musical includes five original songs and a lighthearted script with short, easy-to-learn lines for your students. Songs include: A Musical Time Of Year; Music Is Our Thing; Not With Me; When We Get Along; and Good, Good Holiday Feelings!

Sep 08 2017

7mins

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Back To School (28/1)

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Great for a beginning-of-year rally or assembly, "Back To School" is an upbeat, happy tune that aims to get your kiddos excited about the new school year. Learning can be fun if we make it fun, so this tune is good for kids who might be struggling with leaving the joys of summer vacation behind as well as those who are already enthusiastic about school.

Aug 25 2017

2mins

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A Medieval Christmas (Music K-8, Vol. 27, No. 2)

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This is a fairly short medley of late medieval works, though, as with most music of the period, it has roots in earlier music, most of which is known only in fragments of manuscripts. The two songs are "Personent Hodie" and "Green Grow'th The Holly." They are both among the few carols from this period that are still regularly performed by contemporary ensembles, in some cases as they were originally performed, and in others as the basis for more modern works.

Aug 18 2017

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Nice, Not Naughty (Music K-8, Vol. 27, No. 2)

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This retro style pop tune cuts right to the heart of the matter with its declarations that nice is preferred to naughty, especially where Santa is involved. He does, after all, check that list twice every year.

Aug 04 2017

1min

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Chestnut (Music K-8, Vol. 27, No. 2)

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This lighthearted song pays homage to the humble chestnut with a bit of whimsy in the form of a quasi erudite, Baroque-ish flavor (pardon the pun). Set to a background of lightly bouncing harpsichord, strings, horns, and woodwinds, it's easy enough to maintain the attitude of melodramatic politeness called for.

Jul 21 2017

1min

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iTunes Ratings

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Whacky Do Re Mi

By JessicaTeacher - Mar 09 2016
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I wish I could purchase the Whacky Do Re Mi accompaniment as a single. I would pay for sheet music and accompaniment CD but I can't afford $52 for the full magazine and CD with the song inside. First year teacher budget!