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CECILE LEVIN’S MUSIC (article first published : 2000-07-19)

Primary school teachers wracking their brains to decide what to produce for the end of year play can solve all their problems with Cecile Levin’s A Special Gift. This is a delightful story performed in song about Swallow who is on his summer holidays when he calls on his friends to help him find a suitable gift to take home for the Christ Child.

A Special Gift is a follow on from Cecile’s initial publication, Take Note, another must for primary school teachers or indeed anyone wanting to introduce music and song to young children.

“I was doing research on music in the pre-primary schools in the Greater Durban area and found that there was a lack of songs relevant to the young South African child,” explains Cecile. “They were all British and American songs about white Christmases and robin redbreasts! Another problem was that many teachers are not music-trained and were teaching songs that they had learnt when they were at nursery school. On my visits I heard little besides “Five little buns in the bakers shop”, “The wheels of the train go round and round”, “I'm a little teapot” and “Heads and shoulders knees and toes”. These need not necessarily be deleted from their repertoire but, oh, for something local and new!”

Take Note took Cecile ten years to produce. Most of the time, she worked in her car jotting down melodies and phrases while waiting for her children, budding swimmers all, to finish their training sessions.

Take Note consists of 70 songs with body and /or instrumental accompaniment as well as about 50 poems, activities and information for the teacher and the child in a variety of languages such as English, Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and Yiddish. It was written for the non specialist teacher in both solfa and western notation so that it is 'user-friendly' for all teachers and includes simple piano and guitar chords. The content is informative in a humorous way so that while the children are having fun they are also absorbing something new.

The main aim has been to introduce children to the people, customs, creatures and environment of South Africa such as greeting and farewell songs, “please” and “thank you” and speech patterns in several languages. A chapter on Celebrations introduces the child to some new Christmas carols as well as to festivals of different religions such as Diwali, Ramadan and Channukah.

More details from Cecile Levin on (031) 205-2156 or 083 269-8864. See advert on this website.




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