by Don Muro.
Songs featuring a unique mix of musical styles with colorful retro sounds from the "switched-on" days of electronic music. The first song starts with the note B. Additional songs add the notes A, G, E and D. The melodies use easy rhythms and can be taught by rote.
American Recorder says, "As in previous compositions by Muro, the Seven Switched-On Songs are organized following a logical progression. introducing the pentatonic scale (B,A,G,E,D) in descending order, adding one note at a time. Student success is insured since selections are structured with simple note values consisting of quarter, half, and whole notes, especially helpful in developing a smpooth delivery of tone. The song form used in most of the selections is AABAA, offering repition of melodic and rhythmic patterns in addition to the repition within the musical phrases.
The music is clearly notated with breath marks, dynamics, and ample spacing, providing a score that is easy to read. Included with the student score are comments and suggestions to improve and vary performance. Each selection has been given an imaginative title characteristic of the style and musical content. The titles "Long Shorts," "Abs," "Flying (Beyond All Gravity)," etc., have hidden musical connections that students would find amusing and motivating."