Purposeful Pathways 2

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An MIE Publication



by Roger Sams and Beth Ann Hepburn.

Edited by Jill Trinka.

“Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for Elementary Music Classrooms” is an extensive collection of curricular materials for learning music by making music. Based on the philosophies of Orff Schulwerk, Kodály, and eurhythmics, this collection of developmentally sequenced learning activities offers elementary general music educators diverse choices for how to present folk song from diverse cultures and original material, including lessons in singing, literacy, movement, improvisation, composition, and instrumental ensemble. Each lesson is a collection of learning pathways, to be selected by the teacher, that unfold over time offering possibilities for differentiated instruction and flexibility in diverse classroom settings. This flexible design makes this resource helpful to all teachers, first year to seasoned educators!

Printable manipulatives for composition activities are available as a free digital download with the purchase of the book.

Electronic visuals (in SMART Notebook, Promethean ActivInspire, and PowerPoint formats) are available as an additional purchase in CD-ROM and digital download formats.

Purposeful Pathways 2 Curricular Content

Rhythm Content:

steady beat

quarter note

two eighth notes

half note

dotted half note

sixteenth notes

whole note

quarter rest

half rest

whole rest

Melody Content:

do re mi so la do’ (Do Pentatonic)

The King’s Land
Little Robin Redbreast
Witch, Witch
I See the Moon
Hipperty, Clipperty, Clackerty, Bang
Closet Key
Frog in the Meadow
Hop Old Squirrel
Queen, Queen Caroline
Christopher Crump
Needle and Thread
Who’s That Tapping on My Window?
Let Us Chase the Squirrel
El Zapatero
I’m Gonna Sing
Old Blue
Old Mother Brown
Bow Wow Wow
Here Comes a Bluebird
I’m an Acorn
Winter Walking
Synthesis and Assimilation #1
Rocky Mountain
Great Big House
Whenever I Go Out to Walk
Deta, Deta
Synthesis and Assimilation #2
Fais Dodo
Chick, Chick, Chatterman
Piccadilly Travel
Sixteenth Note Percussion
Morning Bells
Little Tommy Tinker

Purposeful Pathways is endorsed by leading experts in all three pedagogical approaches utilized. Here’s what the experts are saying:

“What a pleasure to look through the latest collection in the Purposeful Pathway series! Roger Sams and BethAnn Hepburn, two noted music educators, have assembled a collection of teaching materials that incorporate important concepts and skills from the educational doctrines of Carl Orff (1895-1982), Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967) and Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950) and have fused them into a cohesive approach to teaching musical literacy in elementary music classrooms. The detailed teaching processes outlined in the edition are sure to provide secure guidance to those teachers just beginning their careers in music education as well as offer models that experienced educators can emulate.


Perhaps most valuable is the ëstraight talkí that Roger and BethAnn provide in the Teacher Talk sections of Purposeful Pathways. The distilled knowledge and advice found in these panels reflects the cumulative wisdom of many years of working with both children and adults in music education.


I particularly enjoyed the attractive color scheme used in laying out the materials as well as the access to digital Smart technology images that enliven the lessons. They reflect the planning and thought that have gone into all aspects of the Purposeful Pathways series. This is a collection that exudes quality at all times; a welcome addition to music education source materials for children.”

-Steven Calantropio, Orff Schulwerk Master Teacher
Author/Composer, “Pieces and Processes”

“Roger Sams and Beth Ann Hepburn have done it again: Purposeful Pathways 2 continues, with its varied lesson plans, to lead students to rhythmic and melodic literacy through long-term sequencing. With PATHWAYS to movement, vocal exploration, musical play, improvisation, Orff instrument technique, composition, recorder technique, diction, storytelling, meter, transposition, choreography, and ensemble skills, this collection of time-tested teaching ideas will keep students and teachers alike moving, singing, and playing on their way to musical understanding. The inclusion of songs in various languages, as well as colorful and clear graphics, makes this a stand out collection for elementary music educators. New to this second book, visuals being offered with the SMART Notebook collection now include staff placement only for those who are strong at teaching staff literacy and optional solfa syllables offered in support of staff reading for those newer to the concept ñ a brilliant addition to support music teachers of all experience levels. Everyone who follows these pathways will traverse directly through joy on their way to music literacy!”

-Georgia A. Newlin, DMA, Assistant Professor of Music, Adelphi University
Past President, Organization of American Kod·ly Educators

“This rich, innovative resource for elementary general music teachers expertly blends the approaches of Orff, Kod·ly, and Dalcroze in a user-friendly, authentic format. Meaningful activities focusing on singing, playing instruments, music literacy, creativity, improvisation, composition, and movement are presented to help the music teacher create sequential, cohesive lessons. As a Dalcroze eurhythmics instructor, it was important to see numerous eurhythmics concepts and games such as quick reaction exercises, mirroring activities, and interrupted/uninterrupted canons included and clearly explained.


The authors’ attention to detail make this a must have book for new music teachers as well as an important resource for those teachers looking for more materials employing the various music education approaches. This comprehensive, holistic resource book serves the musical needs of our students and challenges us as music educators to continually seek new ways of strengthening our curriculum.”

-Marla Butke, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Music, Ashland University
Past President, Dalcroze Society of America

Additional information


CD-ROM, Book

13 reviews for Purposeful Pathways 2

  1. Lindsay Hatfield

    I bought Purposeful Pathways 2 after having great success with the first book. I have had an enormous amount of fun using the songs and visuals!

  2. Sherri

    This is actually the first Purposeful Pathways Book that I purchased. I had the pleasure of attending a workshop where BethAnn was the presenter, and she taught us several of the songs. Last spring I wanted some new ideas and songs to use in my classroom. My second graders LOVED The King’s Land songs and activities. Since it was my first time using the book in my classroom I did all the pathways. Each week I added a new one to my lesson plan and the students learned a great deal, and I learned what my students need to work on. I highly recommend you purchase this book. You will not be disappointed!!

  3. Teri

    I enjoyed Purposeful Pathways 1 so much that I purchased Book 2. The ideas of processing each song is new and refreshing. I have processed in this style but there is always something new that makes each concept better. Thank you.

  4. Bethany

    I love using this book for my 3-5 grade classes. It has so many ideas and has introduced me to many new songs for this age group. I also love how there are so many ideas for each song so I could easily reuse songs from year to year and do completely different activities and concepts it it! Great for Orff based teachers!

  5. Betsy Mast

    I love using this book. The songs, activities, and visuals on the dvd are engaging and easy to follow. I like how it provides different ways to teach the material using Kodaly, Orff, and Eurythemics. This series has helped me so much as I have started my career as a music teacher.

  6. Meghan

    This book has reinvigorated “old favorite” songs that were starting to feel a bit tired in my classroom by providing new, exciting, and meaningful teaching ideas. I’ve also discovered some wonderful music I hadn’t been using previously. I’m most thankful for the instructions to the teacher – they’re crystal clear and include ample detail without overdoing it and filling page after page with overwhelming instructions to sift through.

  7. Emilee

    If I could give this 10 stars I would. Every pathway plan I have used is successful. Students are so engaged and excited to be making beautiful music. Thanks. This book needs to be in every music teachers library.

  8. Leslie

    After spending years of teaching a new song every time I wanted to teach a new lesson (found in other mainstream music curricula), using these materials in a class with Roger Sams was an “aha!” moment. Purposeful Pathways is built on a brilliant approach: Use the same song to teach many different concepts while still sequencing the learning of these concepts around the melody and rhythm components of the music. This book has solid teaching suggestions, great activities that allow me to use the same song in multiple grades, and many ways to incorporate fun educational activities in the curriculum.

  9. Alli

    I love this book and series! It bridges Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze and takadimi in an easy and accessible way. It gave me a refreshing way to teach old songs and dig so much deeper into the material.

  10. Christina R.

    I love the Purposeful Pathways series! As a K-8 music educator, I’m always looking for quality songs I can come back to year after year with my students. I use book two mostly with my second-fourth grade students. The material is more complex, but the ideas on how to best help the students learn are the same. I also love the smartboard materials- they saved me so much time! Roger and BethAnn are fabulous!

  11. Katie Hernandez

    Roger and Beth Ann are amazing! These books are a must have fir any teacher, no matter how long they’ve been teaching. These books help break down lessons to cover so many concepts while allowing kids to explore and have fun.

  12. Jason

    I’ve only been using Purposeful Pathways for about a year now, but I think I love book 2 the best so far. My students’ favorites are The Kings Land (6th graders BEG to play it) and Deta Deta (we used several of the ideas from that lesson in a performance this spring.)

  13. Alison

    I love Purposeful Pathways! I’ve been using Book 2 a lot with my 2nd and 3rd graders and love how many activity options there are for each song. I can pick and choose what I want to focus on for each class. The integrated improvisation pathways give so many musical opportunities for my students to explore and since many of the activities are similar throughout the book, after a procedure is set, they can adapt to any song.

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