Songs For Our Earth

Songs For Our Earth (front) R410 2013 copy

Songs For Our Earth contains the songs from four previous learning units that were produced and sold in packets with cassette tapes, guides and master copies of lyrics and activities. Teachers bought these units to use music to help introduce, teach, review, and inspire learning on a variety of subjects. All the songs have been digitally remastered and were sold on one CD. Now you can listen to and download free any of these songs. Spoiler alert: These songs were written and recorded decades ago, the musical arrangements and instrumentation are not what they would be now and don’t expect Joan to sing them in the same key today!

All songs by Joan Maute, guitar and vocals Joan Maute, piano, keyboards and everything else Tim Sleep. Cover design Meredith Chase.

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WARNING: Great as these songs are, they do not teach. Teachers teach. The songs only have value when the lyrics are given meaning, then they help the students remember the meaning. 

Perspectives On Nature:  Songs used for Outdoor Ed Diary of the Earth and Trees, Bring It Around Again

Unfolding Maps: These songs were written out of Joan’s frustration that came from trying to teach her sixth-grade students to read maps. The guide, lyrics and activities were a lot of fun and the songs worked! The unit became a big seller for teachers in grades 4-10. Directions to Nowhere, Wet and Dry, How You Slice It, The Key’s the Key

Let’s Clean Up Our Act: This was commissioned by an environmental organization as songs and activities for Earth Day. Pick it Up (Don’t Throw it Down)Use it Again , Let Us Plant A Tree, Talking Clean Town

The Alternative Energy Suite:  Joan wrote The Alternative Energy Suite for her Master’s thesis in 1981. The songs were recorded and put on cassette along with a teacher’s guide so that non-musical teachers could use the songs to teach about alternative energies. The results of pre- and post-tests were stellar! At that time, Joan assumed that by 2021 all of these songs would be history. Unfortunately, they are still being used by teachers, because we haven’t come as far as hoped.  Make A Trap to Capture the Wind, Solar Power Rag, Mighty River Running Strong, Talking Conservation Blues

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