From the Classroom to the Performance: Arranging Folk Songs for Young Voices in Elementary Setting

May 1, 2018 / By: Marin E. Werdahl

Elementary music teachers often design performances that require substantial amounts of preparation, resulting in less instructional time for a music curriculum. The purpose of this project was to explore the process of arranging folk songs for young voices in the general music setting and the implications it had for the preparation of an elementary music performance. Researching similar studies led to four themes: selecting repertoire, writing and arranging for young voices, student input, and curriculum-based performance.  Each arrangement includes an explanation of the chosen repertoire, compositional commentary, a brief description of the folk song variants, and pedagogical implications of the piece.