Press Release: Singin', Sweatin', and Storytime Now Available from MENC

Singin’, Sweatin’, and Storytime Demonstrates that Combining Music, Physical Activity, and Reading Is Fun and Beneficial for Children

RESTON, VA (October 13, 2009)Singin’, Sweatin’, and Storytime: Literature-based Movement and Music for the Young Child, a new publication by Rebecca E. Hamik and Catherine M. Wilson and published by MENC: The National Association for Music Education and Rowman & Littlefield Education (RLE), provides a unique approach to the integration of music, literature, and physical education.

This new and innovative book combines literature, music, and movement to teach young children the joy and excitement of music, physical education, and reading. All lessons are based on the national music and physical education standards. Over 170 lesson plans are included.

Each lesson has a story for the teacher to read to the children, a music activity and a physical activity. Lessons include basic music and physical education skills as well as lessons that teach students about staying healthy, good character, citizenship, holidays, and world cultures. Each lesson takes approximately forty-five minutes to complete. Lessons in Units 1 and 4 are sequential. Other lessons can be taught in the order they appear or can be used as desired depending upon the school calendar. A resource list of all literature, equipment, and songs needed is provided. All songs, books, and equipment are very accessible. Adaptations for regular classroom teachers and assisting paraprofessionals are described.

“This book is ideal for integrating music, literature, and movement activities. It’s all in here! This is the perfect guide for any elementary school as it has been developed by elementary teachers. Usable and practical for immediate use.”—Don Gronemeyer, elementary school principal, Alcott Elementary School, Hastings, Nebraska

Rebecca E. Hamik is an adjunct physical education professor at Hastings College as well as a physical education teacher at Hastings public schools. Catherine M. Wilson is a music teacher for Hastings Public Schools.

Singin’, Sweatin’, and Storytime is available from RLE in paperback for $55.95 and clothbound for $95.00. MENC members receive a discount of 25%. To order or for more information, call 800-462-6420 or visit
MENC: The National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and pre-service music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, MENC serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school. MENC’s mission is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education. MENC is located at the National Center for Music Education in Reston, VA.