Big Big World: A Musical Revue for Young Voices2000
Easily staged, this entertaining musical features eight original songs by Bill Harley and short connecting dialog - perfect for one group or the entire school.
Teachers Manual contains:
Dialogue for play
Notes on staging
Sheet music for the following songs:
-Big Big World
-I Don't Wanna Wait
-Sitting' Down to Eat
-Keep It Green
-Do It Together
-50 Ways to Fool Your Mother
-Moon and Me
-A Light That Always Shines
Songbooks with just the treble clef for singers as well as the dialogue
Includes the dialogue between songs as well as a children's chorus singing the songs. Listen to the "Preview Clip" below
Contains all diaolgue and songs on Preview CD as well as just the music for the songs - perfect if you want to perform the piece. Listen to the "Accomp Clip" below
Reviews & Memorable Quotes
My 3rd - 5th graders (99 of 'em) just finished performing Big, Big World on March 1st, 2005. It was a huge success!! The kids and I are big fans and are even bigger fans since we've done the musical. I'm hoping to eventually have some pictures I can share with you. Our performances are done in the gym so the staging is always interesting to say the least, but the kids did a fantastic job. We added Boomwhackers to the chorus of "Do It Together" and some xylophone parts, rain stick and rhythm instruments to the spoken section of "Big, Big World." "Sittin' Down to Eat" was probably the crowd favorite as it featured kids in costume and the "boom" at the end was so fun to watch!! The 3rd graders performed a modified square dance to "I Don't Want to Wait", and we played Kazoos during the whistling section of "Keep It Green". The entire musical provided so many places for my kids to shine! Thank you for writing such great music that my kids can connect to and I can use in my classroom. I'm still waiting for you to come to Wichita! Sincerely, Doreen Merkel
"Songster/storyteller Harley is a real find, and his latest all-music album is simply terrific. Harley dives headlong into the world-beat milieu, dishing up joyous African, Caribbean, and Cajun styles as effortlessly as he serves up his witty folk-based rock. Kid appeal: Humorous, canny, and supremely tuneful. He speaks directly to children --- simultaneously hooking Mom and Dad. Learning value: His album is an irreverent and entertaining introduction to the music of the world. A TV Guide, Parents' Guide to children's entertainment
My name is Nicholas and I am a preschool teacher/children's musician. I am contacting you for several reasons, but first and foremost to offer my gratitude to you for creating such great music and in many ways inspiring me to follow a similar path. When I was seven years old, and a second grader at Fales Elementary school you came and put on a very memorable performance. To this day (some 20 years later) I can recall hearing you tell the story of Abiyoyo and have a vivid memory of the Telecaster you played that day (it was just that cool to the 7 yr. old me!).
When I finished college and fell backwards into teaching at a preschool (what else do you do with a music composition degree?), "I'm not small" and "When I first came to this land," were some of the first songs that I played with my kids. My cassettes of "Monsters in the Bathroom," and "50 Ways to Fool Your Mother," were lost to time and repeated playings but the songs stuck with me and continue to be a part of my repetoire to this day.
I am just grateful for the opportunity to say thank you for enriching my childhood with great music.