Here are some of the support materials we are using in the lessons:

Books by Chris Raschka:

  • John Coltrane’s Giant Steps: A book which breaks down musical lines (Rhythm, Base, Harmony, Melody) into symbols to help young people visualize what layers there are in music.
  • Mysterious Thelonius A book that shows melody on a grid, like a piano roll or the melody-maker below
  • Charlie Parker Played Be-Bop A book which encourages onomatopoeic response to Night in Tunisia, using a cute story: Never leave your cat alone!

Chrome Music Lab

  • Kandinsky Like Giant Steps above, this uses different symbols to make different kinds of sounds and is interactive.
  • Melody Maker Like Mysterious Thelonius, this allows kids to play with how to visualize pitch by allowing them to make songs by putting marks on a grid
  • Rhythm This one is a visualization of Rhythm, and while the onomatopoeia in Charlie Parker Plays be-bop is indirectly rhythmic, it does help us consider the rhythm of our words.

YPAR resources:

  • An article by Jeff Duncan Andrade that parallels his TED Talk about “Hope Required, When Growing Roses in Concrete
  • A description of the collective work done in Los Angeles with a youth research group affiliated with UCLA and the actions that they were able to carry out.  Morrell, E. (2008). Six summers of YPAR: Learning, action, and change in urban education. In Revolutionizing Education: Youth Participatory Action Research in Motion (pp. 155–184). Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Socially Engaged Art resources:

Learning Theory resources:

Rinaldi, Carlina, Giudici, Claudia, Vecchi, Vea, Gardner, Howard, Krechevsky, Mara, . . . Reggio Children. (2001). Making learning visible : Children as individual and group learners (1st ed.). Cambridge, MA : Reggio Emilia, Italy: Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education ; Reggio Children, International Center for the Defense and Promotion of the Rights and Potential of all Children.

Freire, P. (1998). Teachers as cultural workers : Letters to those who dare teach (The edge, critical studies in educational theory). Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press.