The Whistling Monster
June 27, 2010 9:05 AM   Subscribe

The Whistling Monster
I teach music at an elementary school, and the students and I spent the year creating a long-form musical story, which became a CD. It's based on a folk tale from an Amazon tribe. All the music, singing and sounds are by the kids.

I humbly submit that it's better than the tambourine-and-off-key-unison-singing mix you might expect. The local paper did a writeup. You can buy it on iTunes, but you'll want to download the story and lyrics. Finally, a parent recorded this footage of the live performance that became track #7.
posted by argybarg (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Since that article there has been some local fund-raising and I may get my job back. In fact, I'd say I probably will. But I wouldn't mind making the larger point that a whole sector of teachers, the ones with 5 or less years' experience, are being wiped out across the country.
posted by argybarg at 1:41 PM on June 28, 2010

So where does the money from the disc go? College fund for the kids? :)

Also, this is the kind of stuff I want to do as an adult.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:24 PM on June 28, 2010

The money goes back to the school, with some of it set aside to do another CD next year.
posted by argybarg at 2:12 PM on June 29, 2010

Wow, this is amazing stuff. As a soon-to-be first year elementary music teacher (just got hired for 2010-2011!), I am completely inspired. Thanks for the great ideas!
posted by rossination at 10:20 PM on July 7, 2010

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