I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Plank Road Publishing is the best at what they do because they understand what the kids like, what their sense of humor is (and the teachers’, as well!), and write absolutely incredible melodies and lyrics specially suited to the unchanged voice.
I can count on one hand the resources and training that have meant the most to me in my 31 years of teaching - and you can be sure that Music K-8 is among them!
You all do an outstanding job of providing valuable materials to music teachers. I could not make it through a school year without your materials. I do not think a week goes by that I do not use a least one Music K-8 song in my lessons. I LOVE your company!
During my student teaching as a music teacher, my co-op. and several professors recommended this series to me. Now I have a full-time music job, and resources are scarce. This web site is EXCELLENT for teachers, such as myself, who enter into a school with no prior resources. So I can't thank you enough for having these materials ready to go and teach! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
I am deeply grateful, and I make it a point to mention the composers/arrangers/those responsible at Plank Road to the kids whenever we do one of their pieces. I want those good vibes streaming back to those northern climes from whence they sprang.
[The MusicK8.com Mailing List] is a blessing to thousands of teachers, and when you multiply/add in all the students touched by those teachers, the impact of this list is... well... incalculably large.
I know how relieved one can feel because of the support of [the MusicK8.com Mailing List]. I mean, where else are you going to tap into such an enormous wealth of information?
Music K-8 is the greatest thing ever. I am mentoring two new music teachers, and at the top of my list was to subscribe to Music K-8.
Thanks for all you do! I just love [the Music K-8 Mailing List] and know that without this list and Music K-8 magazine, I would have never survived my first few years!
- New Mexico
I just had my first curriculum implementation meeting with my 40 musiceducators yesterday. When we were looking at the “Top 10” resources that every music educator should have in their classroom, Music K-8 came in on top. -Music Department Head
Your series has been an absolute lifesaver! Being South African and new to the country, customs, and culture, and teaching girls in a private girls’ school with veracious appetites for music, I had to find suitable material at top speed! My little choir LOVES the songs, and my class music teaching is really enriched by the ideas I find in your magazines.
- South Carolina
I love, love, love your magazine - top notch resource for music teachers. [...] Thank you again for producing such marvelous, beloved music.
Your music always makes my concerts successful! The audience and students LOVE the music - THANK YOU!
- New Jersey
LOVE THIS MAGAZINE! I could teach all year simply using this resource! Thank you so much!
Do you all ever rest? How do you come up with these amazing pieces time after time?
To me, the hardest part of teaching is deciding what curriculum/songs, etc. to use, and Music K-8 fills a void.
We are using Recorder Karate for our main method and the magazine [Recorder Classroom] for the rest. I have put off recorder until I found these publications and have loved our recorder program ever since. It is amazing how much easier students get some of the musical concepts now. It has added so much to their learning.
Please don't ever stop writing songs which make me look good. You guys are all terrific.
I absolutely love your publication. I tell everyone I can about it. I find myself grabbing it again and again for quality songs and fabulous orchestrations. It is imaginative and enriching in so many ways. It is the one resource that doesn't gather dust on my shelves! Thank you all.
Your magazine and CDs are priceless. High quality and clever, there is always something I can incorporate into my teaching in every magazine, not to mention instant program songs! They can cut everything else from my budget (don't tell my school that), but don't cut my Music K-8 subscription!