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Multicultural Theme

I have begun a new job this year teaching at a charter school.  I am looking for some multicultural ideas for K-2  3-5   6-8  and 9 - 12.   This is a huge order, of course, but I would be curious about your ideas for different octavos for different grade levels that would help me promote this theme for the whole year. The concerts consist as holiday concert,  spring concert  and a musical for secondary grade levels and two concerts a Holiday and spring concert for the grade levels k - 5   Any suggestions or rep?    I would like to do Fiddler on the Roof for the musical.   Thanks
on August 13, 2014 9:22am
Hi Travis,
Please listen to my song "The Tree of Life" on my website It is a very inclusive and melodic song, and has been performed across America by all the grade levels you teach. I have excellent piano/vocal and SATB arrangements, available at no charge.
Best wishes,
Hank Fellows
on August 14, 2014 9:18am
Hi Travis,
We do all world music. Check out our rep at and let me know if you're interested in anything.
Sing on!
on August 15, 2014 5:12am
Hi Travis-
I've been collecting octavos on Pinterest for my middle school choir.  Some I've done, others I would like to do.  Feel free to go to, search my name and look at the board I've titled "Middle School Octavos".  Most of the link to JW Pepper if you wish to purchase.  There is also a board I call "Global Music Teaching"- it is a video collection of exemplary choirs from across the world.  If I am teaching music from another culture, it is really important to me that I provide musical and cultural context for my singers.    There are many teachers on Pinterest- sometimes searching somthing like "Multicultural Music" and you will be amazed at what you find!
Musically Yours,
Kim Kroetsch
on August 15, 2014 9:32am
Hi, Travis
You might be interested in my piece called "World of Many Colors". It works great with piano accompaniment or even simply a capella. The choral section starts around 2:00. The round at the end is a nice crowd pleaser... :) Very do-able with a small choir
on August 16, 2014 9:21am
Hi Travis,
Please consider The Promise of Liberty, my adaptation of the poem from the statue of liberty, The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus ("Give me your tired, your poor...").  It is designed to be sung either unaccompanied or with piano or guitar accompaniment, in unison or 2-part harmony or even SATB, with optional descant and optional audience participation.  I'll paste the full text below together with a YouTube video of a performance by the Racine Choir Festival Chorus, where they combined the 2-part and SATB versions in one performance.
You may listen to recordings and download a free perusal PDF score on my website: 

Winds blow fierce and foul storms rage.
Safe shelter seems a hopeless dream.
But in the dark a promise beams,
a beacon to a golden age.
[Chorus] "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
Give me the wretched from your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
So cries the strong heroic woman, 
raising her arm to light the way.
Her words ring out from day to day
to greet each wave of immigrants. [Repeat chorus]
Some crossed the sea in a tempest squall.
More came by land up the hemisphere.
Still there's room for everyone here.
The promise of liberty welcomes all. [Repeat chorus]
Winds still blow and storms still threaten
the shelter we build in this new land.
But here we weave a fabric grand
Made strong from many colored threads. [Repeat chorus]
Applauded by an audience of 1
on August 17, 2014 7:00am
Hi Travis,
On my SongLibrary site there a few songs that would fit into your multicultural theme.
With universal themes of cultural diversity and celebrating our differences, this song is suitable for ages 5-12 years and beyond. An uplifting song in a hip hop style with a rap section and hand claps. For 2 parts.
With a 'tribal' rhythm, great for moving to, children will gain a sense of being part of a supportive unit while appreciating each other's differences. For unison voices.
Through both the spoken and written word we share, celebrate and embrace our culture. The festivals, music, food and traditions. And by learning another language we increase our understanding of a different community. For 3 parts.
A song about understanding others; especially those who seem different to us. They may be from another culture or country. They may have a different religion, speak another language or eat different food. For unison voices.
I hope this helps.
All the best
on August 18, 2014 9:58am
Both of the major textbook series for K-8 (Macmillan and and Scott-Foresman) are loaded with multicultural pieces suitable for those grades.  Each includes CDs with performance, accompaniment, and pronounciation tracks.  Indiana professor Mary Goetze is one of the multicultural consultants for the Macmillan series Spotlight on Music.  Also see her Global Voices series for children, which includes music and DVDs of children, performers and teachers from several world traditions.
on August 19, 2014 8:29am
For your Holiday concert, you might check out my 3-part Hanukah round, published by Colla Voce, and available for view/listening here:
All Best,
Judith Shatin
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor
McIntire Department of Music
University of Virginia
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