Tune In Earth Science

Tune In Earth Science (front) R410 2013

Tune In Earth Science contains the songs from three 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. 

A Rock Is Born: Written in collaboration with Dr. Sher Renken Rockway, this unit was originally designed for Sher to use with her high school earth science students. Once created and produced, it was used at all levels from elementary school to graduate school. Joan and Sher made presentations about A Rock Is Born at many national science conferences and the word spread quickly. Every now and then Joan will get an email from an adult who is now a geologist telling her how these songs, learned in elementary school, sparked their interest in rocks. How great is that! Of all the units created, this one was the most popular and sold the most copies. (We like to say it went polyester.) The favorite song of students and teachers was “Cool It, Magma”. Cool It Magma, Relative Rock Transfer, Talking Rock Convention

Clouding The Issue: AMS Certified Meteorologist Mike Mogil provided all the scientific information and worked with Joan who wrote and recorded the songs for this unit which also included…wait for it…a filmstrip! Cloud Creations, Cloud Families, Read The Sky.

Stormin’ All Over:Tornadoes: Another unit with Mike Mogil, once again Joan wrote and recorded the songs based on information Mike provided. They also met with Ted Fujita, the University of Chicago meteorologist known for The Fujita Scale which classifies the strength of a tornado based on tornado damage. This included a filmstrip of Mike’s slides, a tape with Joan narrating, and, the very rare sound of Mark and Kyle Maute (Joan’s husband and son) on the song, "Get Out, Get In, and Get Down".  Mother Nature’s Recipe, Talking Tornado Blues, Get Out, Get In, and Get Down.

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