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Circle 'Round the Zero - Play Chants & Singing Games of City Children

By Maureen Kennedy (Book - $29.95) Illustrations by Robin Reikes  Available NOW!

This classic collection from Maureen Kennedy was first published in 1974. This brand new edition has been revised and edited to present classic children's songs, games, jump rope chants, and clapping games.

These pieces come directly from children on the playground.  Maureen has researched and collected all of these wonderful activities both as a historian and as a music educator. She has preserved them in the written notation exactly as she heard the children play them.

This is a wonderful resource of all elementary teachers.

A world of rhythm and melody may be going on right in your neighborhood. To tune in on what’s happening, join the children on the playground or sidewalk, and listen. Chances are your local variety of play chants is being sung and clapped to or used as accompaniments to bouncing balls and jump ropes. I learned many of the songs and games in this collection from the children in my school. They sang, danced and played intricate clapping games with great gusto.

Wherever children make do with improvised play space, may these songs and rhymes continue to be chanted and the games played.

-Maureen Kennedy

Elementary Guitar

By Connie Hale (Book - $24.95)   Available NOW!

Elementary Guitar provides immediate success for adults and children who want to play guitar. The book starts with proper playing technique, and then quickly allows the student to play “real songs.”


The unique teaching sequence starts with the simplest chord, E minor. After finding the two-finger E minor position and mastering a simple strum, the student can accompany six songs. Song variety gives interest to practicing a “just learned” chord or chord changes.


Elementary Guitar is also perfect for use a guitar lab with elementary-aged children. Many of the songs can be taught in earlier grades. When songs are old favorites, students are motivated to learn the accompaniment.

Elementary Guitar fits nicely with your Orff program too!  The games, songs, and activities are designed to fit right in with classic Orff style accompaniments. Add a guitar or two to your classroom collection of Orff instruments!  Let your Orff process include the guitar!