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Ella Jenkins-songs for kids

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GUEST,Wa BanZhou 31 Mar 02 - 02:29 AM
masato sakurai 31 Mar 02 - 08:15 AM
Dani 31 Mar 02 - 09:45 AM
Art Thieme 31 Mar 02 - 10:43 AM
GUEST,Wa Ban Zhou 31 Mar 02 - 01:10 PM
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Subject: Ella Jenkins-songs for kids
From: GUEST,Wa BanZhou
Date: 31 Mar 02 - 02:29 AM

Shortly before I left the U.S. to teach in China, I found three vinyl abums by Ella Jenkins in the local Goodwill. I used her songs to teach English to my fourth and fifth graders. I had tapes of her and I also played and sang her songs.(no record player or turntables in China). My Chinese kids really loved those songs. I like her stuff because, even though it's for kids, it doesn't suck at all. Does anyone know another musician as perfect for this task as she is? Is she still active? I think these records were made in the 1970's, Wa BanZhou


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Subject: RE: BS: Ella Jenkins-songs for kids
From: masato sakurai
Date: 31 Mar 02 - 08:15 AM

Check out Ella Jenkins Discography (Smithsonian Folkways). I myself have only a few of them.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: BS: Ella Jenkins-songs for kids
From: Dani
Date: 31 Mar 02 - 09:45 AM

She's still going strong!

www.ellajenkins.com

Truly a national treasure. Her work with kids and music reminds me very much of Pete Seeger's, in showing common experiences and sharing cultures.

I've probably told this story before, but I saw her a few years ago at the Smithsonian's Folklife Festival (another treasure, not to be missed if you can ever make one) and she had a whole tent CRAMMED full of children and adults enchanted. Being in D.C., it was a rather diverse crowd, and I remember her asking children to demonstrate counting in their languages, and there were very many. Then she taught Miss Mary Mack Mack, which we all had to do with someone nearby. I remember doing it with (teaching it to) a couple pre-teen girls in burqas (I could only see their eyes) and they were just delighted. No language, no context, no explanations, just the universality of music and play.

Check out the other thread today about "Children's taunting tunes"

Dani


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Subject: RE: BS: Ella Jenkins-songs for kids
From: Art Thieme
Date: 31 Mar 02 - 10:43 AM

Ella is a wonderful person. Lives in Chicago. I'd give you her phone number if you were a member and able to get "personal messages". No matter, though, I am certain that she is in the phone book. If you communicate with her, please, tell her that Art Thieme sends his love.

(Art)


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Subject: RE: BS: Ella Jenkins-songs for kids
From: GUEST,Wa Ban Zhou
Date: 31 Mar 02 - 01:10 PM

I keep signing up to be member, but every time I change computers or locations, I'm listed as a guest!

Thanks Wa BanZhou


Hi, Wa - Yes, you are a registered Mudcatter. Send me an e-mail and I can help you reset your mudcat membership.
-Joe Offer (click to e-mail)


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Subject: RE: BS: Ella Jenkins-songs for kids
From: Gareth
Date: 31 Mar 02 - 05:39 PM

oooops ! I misread the title - Thought it was Eli Jenkins, of Llareggub fame.

Gareth


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