Winter 2023 Sticks Collection
May All Children
Composed by Kenneth K. Guilmartin, Founder/Artistic Director of Music Together Worldwide
Back in 1986, when Ken Guilmartin was teaching at his daughter's school and busy developing Music Together, he wrote a song for the school's celebration of the 40th anniversary of UNICEF (the United Nations Children's Fund). Originally called "Solstice Song," it was about the simple, heartfelt wish that all children—that everyone—might live in peace. It is often used on International Peace Day all around the world.
"May All Children" is in the Sticks Collection and we are excited to sing it with you.
Each Music Together Song Collection contains 25+ songs, a mix of original and traditional tunes from a variety of genres and styles—folk, blues, rock, jazz, classical, and world music.
Angela and Jenny,
on their "Sticks Collection" favorites
"Don Alfredo Baila is always a huge hit. We sing it faster and faster until we can't keep up with the movements and everyone thinks it's hilarious.
"Stick Tune" and "Spin and Stop" are Music Together classics.
My personal favorite, though, has to be Trot to Grandma's House. By mid-semester, the kids are pretending to be Grandma, choosing a treat to give out or sending everyone to trot back home! They love that game and it is accessible to all ages."
I have the clearest core memories of toddler Aaron and Olivia singing Ridin’ in the Car, Jack in the Box, and Spin & Stop (in two parts!) in their little voices.
So many of our family favorites are part of this collection and I just want to see you experience the songs my children love, with your children in class!
Some of my personal all-time favorite lullabies, "Great Big Stars" and "May All Children" are in "Sticks". I hope you love them as much as I do and add them to your lullaby collection.
The Music Together Songbook Illustrators
When the Saints Go Marching In is a classic rousing New Orleans jazz tune made famous by renowned trumpeter Louis Armstrong. You'll be clapping, tapping, playing, and parading along in no time.
Mix it up! is what we call a SWOW, a song without words. It's versatile and since there are no lyrics, it allows the children to concentrate on the melody which is helpful for tonal development.
Nigun is a traditional Israeli tune. Besides the community-building fun of participating in a circle dance, it's compelling- you will find yourself humming it throughout your day.