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My Songs are Out There May 8, 2010

Just recently, I sent 6 of my songs to a Music Education website.  The songs were accepted and are now available for download.  You can also purchase the sheet music for the following songs.

Sing a Song of Canada is a musical journey across Canada and also talks about Canadian history.

First Among Equals is a song that lists the names all 22 of Canada’s prime ministers in melody.

Ballad of Sir John A. is a musical biography of Canada’s first prime minister.

Can Can Canada names all the provinces, territories and their capital cities to the tune of the Can Can.

The Puffin Party tells the seasonal life cycle of Newfoundland’s provincial bird.

My Dewlap is the life cycle of the moose.  By  the way, do you know what a dewlap is?  Check out my website for the answer.

If you are looking for songs that are fun for learning, check these out!!  You can find them at Songs for Teaching.

The songbook is being distributed by Leslie Music Supply.


Songs about Canada December 30, 2009

Matilda the moose

Moose in Algonquin Park, June 2009

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Sing a Song of Canada by Kim Soleski Ward

As I have stated in earlier posts, I am an elementary music teacher.  Over the past 20 years of teaching, I have written many songs for children.  I believe that music is an amazing teaching tool, and, most of my songs are related to non-musical curriculum areas.  Sing a Song of Canada is one of my songbooks that is available for sale through Leslie Music Supply.  In this songbook, there are 22 original compositions that teach about the history and geography of Canada.  For example, “First Among Equals” teaches the names of all 22 Prime Ministers.  “Can Can Canada” teaches the provinces and territories and their capital cities.  There are songs about Canadian icons such as the moose, the ookpik, the beaver, butter tarts, and, the Aurora Borealis.  Also included are 5 traditional Canadian folk songs and also the national anthem.

I was born and raised in Canada and I love to share the wonders of Canada with my students.  The songs are a fun way to introduce the country and also teach the students musical skills while they learn about Canada.   An Ookpik is a little stuffed creature that was created as a way of promoting trade to Canada.  A butter tart is a uniquely Canadian dessert.  Kind of like a miniature pecan pie but not really.  My song about the moose is called “My Dewlap.”  The dewlap is the flap of skin that hangs down from the moose’s chin.  If you have never seen a moose in the wild, I highly recommend driving Highway 60 in Ontario through Algonquin Park.  I have seen a moose along that highway absolutely everytime I have driven there.  And, don’t just drive through, Algonquin Park has beautiful hiking trails with amazing scenery.   I was born in Bracebridge, Ontario which is a little town very close to Algonquin Park. 

The book contains both musical and non-musical activities for the students to do.  There are writing responses, drawing responses, crossword puzzles, mazes, etc.  So, if you are a music teacher, a classroom teacher, a parent or, someone interested in Canada, please check out my book, “Sing a Song of Canada.”