IDEAScarf Music Primary Tracks


IDEAS Music was created especially for kids, as a tool for developing knowledge and skills in
many disciplines. Used in an integrated way, each piece is a vehicle for learning in music,
language arts, movement, visual representation, and mapping/math. There is potential for
both interpersonal and intrapersonal growth, as well as development of problem solving and
creative/critical thinking skills.



Track List

  1. Sailing
  2. Tortoise and Hare
  3. Follow Me
  4. Rainbows
  5. Pudding and Popcorn

Composed by Linda Worsley, each of the ten ear-catching pieces captures the child’s attention
while you choose the focus of the lesson. Using different styles and instrument combinations,
Linda has created contrasting moods and possibilities for exploration. Each piece is a sort but
complete whole, childlike without being childish or trite.

Children deserve the best quality sounds, so they become discriminating listeners. Recording
was done in the same studios used by famous bands and demanding performers, and mixed
using the newest digital technology. Synthesized and acoustic sounds are blended to create
warm, rich, real music. IDEAS created these pieces to honor children’s right to quality and
developmentally appropriate learning tools. When you use quality materials, you will find
yourself engaged right along with the kids. Enjoy them together!

Meet the Music

  1. Sailing
    Sailing provides a chance for individuals to try out different ways to move. Props might
    include scarves, streamers, or other objects which flow to show a phrase. Musical features
    are clear flowing phrases, and a rhythm that keeps things moving. The form is introduction,
    A, A’, B, interlude, A, coda. Listen for the keyboard and soprano saxophone during the
    melody. At first, just turn at the beginning of each phrase. Then begin to add locomotor
    movement changing direction on every new phrase. On another listening, move to the
    longer, steady tones of the bass.
  2. Tortoise and Hare
    Remember that story about the Tortoise and Hare? Listen to ehar how this version of the
    story works out! Music al features are slow/fast contrast, low and high pitch, and a haunting
    melody. Building on the clear, consistent phrases of Sailing, this piece tries to fool you by
    playing with phrase length. Listen for the clarinet and guitar during the slow sections, flute
    and mandolin during the fast sections. Dramatize the story with one person, a pair, or twogroups. Scarves can be costumes or props. Check for listening by having children draw a
    tortoise on one side of a paper plate, the hare on the other side, then hold up the
    appropriate picture as they listen, turning the plate when they hear a different character
    appear. Students could draw a map of this story, then follow it as they listen to the music.
  3. Follow Me
    An echo is an exact imitation of sound, and children learn by imitation. Listen for the oboe
    solos, then the exact echo by the keyboard, glockenspiel, and mandolin. The for is rondo:
    introduction, A, B, A, C, A; with B and C half the length of A. Watch a leader, then imitate
    the movements as a visual echo, to build a larger repertoire of movements. In a group,
    form a circle and let each person have a turn leading one pattern. Take time to discuss
    those patterns that were particularly interesting or fun and combine these patterns into a
    movement piece. Now have the students decide what sounds they can create to go with
    this new piece and compose their own music.
  4. Rainbows
    A mirror image occurs when two people move the same way at exactly the same time. The
    long, flowing phrases of Rainbows, supported by string and harp-like accompaniment
    rainbows, will give shape to your movement. Face a partner and one lead as the other
    follows, just like a mirror image. Who is leading? You can specify who will lead and when to
    change leadership, or you might explore the mirror by putting hands on the surface and
    having no leader. Be sure to encourage mirroring other body parts than just hands and
    arms. Listen for clarinet, flute and glockenspiel; and ABABA form.
  5. Pudding and Popcorn
    The title describes the contrast between slow, flowing phrases and short, separated sounds.
    Listen and move as the oboe, flute and guitar play with one another. Choose pudding or
    popcorn, and don’t’ let the instruments fool you! By now, you have a large repertoire of
    movement, and are used to moving along with others. On the first listening, face a partner
    and do a hand dance, using just hands and arms to show the pudding and popcorn textures.
    Then, just as the instruments play together, let your movement be part of a larger dance
    with others. Watch for movements you like, and join in. It may take several listenings to
    develop a dance that feels cohesive, but that’s the point. The more times we listen, the
    more we understand.