Mommy, Music, and Me
John M. Feierabend
During the past sixty years, families have been redefined. Where once there were large families living in close proximity, now the nuclear family is much smaller and more geographically dispersed. This shift in family community has strained the continuation of aural traditions. The playful songs and rhymes that were once shared by many generations of children, and adults with children, are gradually being forgotten. Those songs and rhymes that have demonstrated community affection and endorsement through the evidence of oral transmission are being replaced by commercially imposed ear candy, literature that provides a temporary rush but lacks long-term nutritional value.
This curriculum is designed to preserve the rich repertoire of traditional and folk literature, and to enable today’s families to recall and learn songs and rhymes that have nurtured wonder and joy in young people for generations.