The Mood of the Fifth

A Musical Approach to Early Childhood

Edited by Nancy Foster



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This book collects a wide range of perspectives on the theme of music in the mood of the fifth, in order to help teachers and caregivers 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 Michael Deason-Barrow, Jana Hawley, Renate Long-Breipohl, Sally Schweizer, Estelle Bryer, Eleanor Winship, Jill Taplin, and many others.

After many years of experimenting with the mood of the fifth, I am so glad to be able to offer this collection of articles by our colleagues in the Waldorf movement.  Many teachers find the journey into mood-of-the-fifth music a bit daunting; and many may share my resistance to making such a journey just because "we are supposed to."  The authors in our collection present a wide variety of approaches to this topic, sharing their own experiences and research into the "what, why, and how" of mood-of-the-fifth music.

- Nancy Foster
From the Introduction

Merrily We Sing

Original Songs in the Mood of the Fifth

Ilian Willwerth



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Created by a Waldorf educator for the children in her care, these delightful new songs and singing games will bring joy to every home and classroom.  Dance around the Maypole -- play clapping and counting games -- celebrate a lost tooth -- sing prayers and lullabies -- all with the harmonious, healing music of the mood of the fifth.

Delightful for children and the adults who lead them.

A Day Full of Song - New Edition

Work Songs from a Waldorf Kindergarten

Karen Lonsky

Illustrated by Victoria Sander



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This is how we knead our bread,
Push and pat, push and pat!
Roll it up and start again,
Push and pat, push and pat,

- from A Day Full of Song by Karen Lonsky

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So many people have asked for more songs in the mood of the fifth* to share with young children. It is a joy to be able to announce this beautiful little book that is just what parents and teachers have been wanting - a beautiful way to carry children through the day and introduce them to the world where we do things to make life better for all. Just browsing through these songs is inspiring and joyous.

Please do share these songs with all the young ones in your care - they speak of a love of the earth at every turn.

*"The Mood of the Fifth" describes a type of pentatonic music, usually centered around A above middle C, which is light and delicate sounding, just right for very young children.

Also available: Companion CD.

This edition replaces the saddle-stitched version of A Day Full of Song.

64 pages, 8 1/2" x 7".

A Day Full of Song - Audio CD

Work Songs from a Waldorf Kindergarten

Karen Lonsky

Illustrated by Victoria Sander

Companion CD


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Learn the songs from the teacher who wrote them - a beautiful accompaniment to Karen Longsky's songbook, A Day Full of Song. All 42 songs from the book, in vocal and instrumental versions to aid to learning the songs at home.

Also available: Songbook.

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The Importance of Being Musical

The Development and Practice of a Music Curriculum

Cynthea A. Frongillo



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Drawing from her many years’ experience as a class teacher, as well as a teacher and lover of music, Cynthia Frongillo takes us on a journey through the music curriculum showing how it is begun and developed through the grades in a Waldorf school. She gives examples from her own experience and outlines both singing and instrumental training.

This is a lovely, specific guide to teaching music within the context of Waldorf Education. I think anyone who has had questions about how to approach music in this way will thoroughly enjoy this book - and find it a great resource.

Horns of Hermes

A Teacher/Parent Manual on Music for Grades 1-7

Alan Whitehead


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Originally $18.95 -

A wonderfully thorough discussion of when and how to introduce children to the joy of music. Contents: animal song, evolution, spirit of music, bird song, 7 instruments of the temple, the strings, winds, idiophones, percussion, music curriculum, teacher as songwriter, music for festivals, aboriginal songmasters.

Allegro! Music for Eurythmy

Music for the Eurythmy Curriculum

Elisabeth Lebret



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This is a wonderful collection of music for eurythmy classes from kindergarten through high school. The selections are beautiful!