The songs, poems, and music selections of Give Yourself a High Five were recorded especially for three-to-five year-old children by Teaching Artists for the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in Nashville. The pieces have a sense of play and joy that makes them wonderful teaching tools for parents and teachers. TPAC is especially proud of the outreach work of our Teaching Artists in schools. We share a commitment to the youngest students with the Wolf Trap Institute outside of Washington, DC, and it is their Early Learning Through the Arts model that we use in providing residencies to pre-schools, especially Nashville’s Head Start program. Many of these songs were written through partnerships with inspiring Head Start teachers and it it to these strong, creative, loving educators that the the album is dedicated.
This CD is a winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award.
Selections are color coded on the CD into categories as a tool for pre-school teachers.
Pink - Participation songs have lots of ways for children to join in with active play
Orange - Dance breaks provide a quick chance for children to feel the music and move.
Blue - Story songs put fairy tales and nursery rhymes in an engaging new musical setting.
Purple - Lesson songs give children fun new ways to learn concepts.
Green – Poems share original verses filled with meaning and humor.
Brown - An imagination journey lets children take a trip with music.
Producer: Lattie Brown
Executive Producer: Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Music Director: Jeff Steinberg
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Jason Lehning
Music Editing: Jordan Lehning
Mastering: Jim DeMain
Roger Spencer: Upright Bass and Electric Bass
Paul Carrol Binkley: Acoustic Guitar and Electric Guitar
Bob Mater: Drums
Dann Sherrill: Percussion
Jeff Steinberg: Piano
Jocelyn Sprouse: Violin
Roy Agee: Trombone
Billy Contreras: Fiddle
David Talbot: Banjo
Thomas Anderson: Beatboxing
Lead Vocals: Rachel Sumner, Jamie London, Ginger Sands, Kathleen Lynam, Lattie Brown, Dann Sherrill
Additional Vocals: Rachel Sumner, Jamie London, Ginger Sands, Lattie Brown, Roy Agee, Jeff Hall
Recorded at The Holler and Funky Fingers Productions in Nashville, Tennessee
Mixed at The Compound in Nashville, Tennessee
Mastered at Yes Master in Nashville, Tennessee
Original Cover Art: Jennifer Wright Cover
Photography: Martin O’Connor
Graphic Design: Jennifer Wright