Begin With a Book

Lessons for Pre-School, Kindergarten, and Primary Grade Music Class

Roger Sams shares tried and true picture books that enhance music and movement learning and create a playful environment in your classroom, be it socially distanced in person or remote. He models lessons that include singing, chanting, movement accompanied by piano, rhythmic activities, and basic music literacy.

Included in this webinar are many movement stories accompanied by improvised piano. Roger gently guides you with instruction for how to accompany movement stories on the piano, even with minimal piano skills.

Detailed lesson plans are included as well as ideas for how to modify the activities for diverse learning situations and contemporary challenges.

Roger Sams retired from the music classroom in 2013 after 31 years of teaching music in public and private schools. He has served as adjunct faculty, teaching methods courses and supervising student teachers at Cleveland State University and has been on the faculty in teacher education programs at the University of St. Thomas, Cleveland State University, Akron University, the University of Montana, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and other venues throughout the US. Roger is a regular presenter at state, regional, and national conferences, has served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees, and has worked with teachers throughout the US and in Canada, China, Indonesia, India, Poland, and Scotland. Trained in Gestalt therapy, Roger is interested in the power of choice in the artistic process, teaching, and life. He is the co-author of “Purposeful Pathways:  Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom” with Beth Ann Hepburn. He has published works for children’s choirs in the “Crooked River Choral Project” series and a collection of rounds and partner songs entitled, “A Round My Heart.”

Begin With a Book


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All registrants will receive access to the recording of the workshop and handouts with lesson ideas. Certificate of completion can be provided to participants who request one for professional development hours.


"It was so lovely to see Roger and to experience his joy, expertise, and passion. I loved that you shared what you do on the piano. I also loved how you addressed what to do in the very varied teaching situations we are all in right now. Can't wait for the next one. You are brilliant!"

Shelia O.
Music Educator, New York

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