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Minnesota JWPepper Rocks! Your awesome Andrea, Michelle and crew!

Sharon, Freddie and Greg co-presented at the J W Pepper Elementary Session,
Minneapolis, MN, July 2006

Cherry Garasi, Freddie and Sharon at the JW Pepper Elementary Session,
Fargo, ND, August 2006

Sharon, Freddie and Vijay
Minneapolis, MN, July 2006
Vijay Singh, Choral/Jazz Director
Associate Professor of Music at Central Washington University

J.W. Pepper at Fargo, North Dakota August 2006
Randy Jensen, Linda Schmidt, Alicia Baumgartner

Wingert-Jones/J.W.Pepper, Kansas City, MO
Missouri Music Educators Association 2006

Freddie meets an old friend and mentor of Tiffany and Sharon
Bob Jones, Fine Arts Director
Truman University
MMEA 2006

Freddie thinks Global Connections Rock!
Missouri Music Educators Association Conference 2006

MENC President, David Circle
MMEA 2006

Freddie and his New Jersey J.W. Pepper friends, 2006.

June, 2006. Rick Swalwell presented Freddie the Frog Products to
International Piano Teaching Foundation "Pace" Teachers at Keyboard West,
West Des Moines, Iowa, in honor of his wife, Theresa Swalwell. Theresa's
family established The Theresa Swalwell Miracle of Music Fund in honor of
Theresa's life's work and passion for introducing music to young people.
Mystic Publishing supports that mission by donating a percentage of every
Bass Clef Monster book sales to the M. O. M. Fund.

Joyce Templeman, Freddie, and Karen Unrau
Keyboard West Studios, West Des Moines, Iowa
June 2006

Introducing Freddie to students.

On the first day, introduce Freddie as your friend. Share that Freddie loves to come to music class. Interact with Freddie as though you can hear and understand him, even though the students cannot. (Unless you happen to be puppeteer ventriloquist of course.)

Use Freddie to "interrupt" you with ideas and thoughts (concepts) and, through puppet body language, shows his responses. On the first day, Freddie interrupts you to teach a song to the students. He has a song he loves for children to sing.

Hello, Freddie
(to the tune of "Where is Thumbkin?")

Hello, Freddie
Hello, Freddie
Who are you?
Who are you?
Students: We are the kindergarten,
We are the kindergarten
How are you?
We are fine.

When the song is finished, pretend Freddie interrupts you and listen to his request. Freddie wants to tell you a story. You relay what he said to the class and then kindly, but firmly tell him it will have to wait until the next class. Have Freddie get excited, disappointed, etc. The more you interact with Freddie, the more kids love him.

Sharon Burch, K-3 Music
Centerville Community School District
Centerville, IA

Lesson 2: Introducing the first story, Freddie the Frog and the Thump in the Night

Sing "Hello, Freddie" song to greet Freddie. Freddie "whispers" to me. He asks if he can show the students a picture of his home. Ask the students and then show the students the back cover of the book. Point to the top grove of trees to show where Freddie and his parents have a tree house. Then turn to the second page of illustrations. Take a minute to clarify what a map is and explain that the treble clef staff illustrations are simple maps of the island. The circle, or note, indicates the location. Get comfortable, start the CD and turn the pages as the story unfolds. The story may be told in whole or divided into two sections during two class periods. At the end of the book, use the last four pages to review the story on the staff.

Sharon Burch, K-3 Music
Centerville Community School District
Centerville, IA

Lesson 3: Brief review of six treble clef notes.

Sing "Hello, Freddie" to greet Freddie. Freddie says he does not think the students remember his story. Reassure him that they do and ask the students. Use the flashcards to "show Freddie" that they remember. It may take a little cueing to transfer the story to the flashcards, but the students understand the correlation uickly.

Continue to review Freddie's story with the flashcards in each successive class. It takes less than 30 seconds once the students understand the correlation. Once the students feel connected to Freddie, he is a wonderful tool for introducing new concepts, transitions, etc. Students love to give Freddie a hug as they leave the room. Of course, Freddie is most comfortable when the students are in a quiet line when exiting!

Sharon Burch, K-3 Music
Centerville Community School District
Centerville, IA


After reading Freddie and the Thump in the Night, I had my students write their own class story and introduce characters beginning with the letters G, B, and D. Our district was working on increasing writing skills so having the students write their own story using Freddie and Eli as a prompt fit in nicely. The students loved creating their own class book and everyone got to contribute as well as illustrate the books. I loved seeing how the students worked in getting the new characters into their "homes" on Treble Clef Island.

Susan Meth, K-5 Music
Parker Elementary School
Middlesex, NJ


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