MUSIC IS ADAPTED.
DESCRIPTIVE AND AMUSING PIECES ON GENERAL SUBJECTS,
FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS, ETC.
BURNS AND LAMBERT,
17 PORTMAN STREET.
School Songs and Poetry,
To which music is adapted.
ON SUBJECTS SACRED, MORAL, AND ECCLESIASTICAL.
Part III. of "School Songs and Poetry" forms a continuation of tho Juvenile Series, Part II., suited to more general use. It contains a collection of school poetry adapted either for general purposes as a reading book, or for recitation and singing. For this latter purpose the pieces are connected with appropriate airs, published separately under the title of the "Young Singer's Book of Songs," where they are arranged, with the words, for the voice and the pianoforte (Burns and Lambert).
The Introduction, admitted on all hands to be so desirable, of the recreation of singing into the school-room, often meets with an impediment, in the difficulty of commanding at all times the services of a competent music-master. The airs, however, to which the songs in this collection are adapted in the "Young Singer's Book of Songs" are for the most part so easy and singable, that in the absence of the music lesson, where the managers of a school could procure even the occasional visits of any person with a voice competent to sing them to the children in the school-room, there are few children in a school who would not rapidly pick up the airs from imitation. On this plan, if those of the children who had the readiest natural ear and voice for a tune were allowed to learn the air by themselves first, the practice of singing might afterwards from them, rapidly spread throughout the school, to an extent quite sufficient for the purposes of recreation. Even where there is a music lesson in the school conducted by a professional person, it may often be prudent to take special care that the design of school-singing, which is to promote a spirit of healthy social cheerfulness and animation, is not overlooked in the desire to produce a few skilful pupils.