An exciting new Children’s Album is about to be released. "Songs From My Classroom", the latest album from Teacher/Songwriter/Performer Dwayne Arvinger, is soon to be released by Verdict Entertainment. This album is a triumph on many levels. First, it is a terrific teaching tool for kindergarten teachers that will have both teachers and kids singing, dancing and learning the basics with more fun than a barrel of monkeys. And it even has a couple of songs that will calm the class down when excitement takes over little people across the land. But the most encouraging thing I can say about this album is that everything about it from the singing to the songs, the arrangements and the music production itself is top notch. It is down right good music. Each song has a jazzy feel to it that will appeal to the adults listening as well.
Destined to be a classic, this album has 14 songs complete with 14 sing-along tracks and each one seems better than the last. This feature allows the Album to be a great tool for any classroom whether a conventional classroom or home school. Parents can also enjoy this innovative feature. It starts off with a track entitled "Hello" that can be used as an example of how to introduce yourself to someone. "Great Day" is a fun up tempo that sounds like a Broadway show stopper. "Bono The Monkey" is a story about a little monkey who went to school and had to learn the rules of the classroom. "Four Seasons" helps teach about the four seasons, and several songs follow this formula like "Five Senses", "Capital/Period", "Read/Write", and "Little Sally Walker" a creative counting song, but all are different in musical styles with appropriate instrumentation. There are also several fun movement songs my favorite of which is "Animal Walk" and "Playground" is a festive Caribbean flavored song complete with percussion that gets everybody moving to the beat. The Album ends nicely with a soft folksy song about a Caterpillar becoming a "Butterfly".
I asked Dwayne Arvinger why he incorporates music in his classroom. “Music is one of those things that no classroom should be without. It is as important as pencil and paper. In my opinion every class Kinder thru 12th Grade should use music, in one, if not all subject areas. I remember my mother always saying ‘if only you knew your work as well as you know the words to the songs on the radio’. She was right. I learned my multiplication facts by watching/listening to School House Rock, not by rote memorization. Music is a powerful tool...we tend to learn and retain things that are set to music. It only makes sense to utilize music in order to help my students succeed. It also sets the tone of the classroom, and makes everyone a bit happier...I believe it's vitally important to not only inject arts education into schools...but to also get students out into the museums, the theatres, and concert halls...a great deal of learning takes place outside the classroom.”
Mr. Arvinger has taught 5th and 6th Grades in NY and now teaches Kindergarden in California as well as a Drama Program. This is his Sophomore Album. "Songs From My Classroom" will be released on March 25th, 2008.
Dwayne Arvinger :
All songs written by Dwayne Arvin-
ger. Lead Vocals, Background Vo-
cals. Artwork concept.
Produced, Arranged, and Orches-
trated by Rod Clemmons. Additional
Eric B Davis:
All Guitars on the Album.
Album mastered by Winston at
Album Artwork Design and Graphics
"As soon as I heard the CD for the first time I could already see my
students dancing and singing and having a good time learning eve-
rything the CD teaches." ~ Marilyn Ali, educator
"This is a must have in the classroom." ~Pam Rowan, educator
"My six year old could not stop listening to the CD and singing
along. We've only had it one day and he already knows most of the
words to the songs." ~ Asirius, Parent