Larry Zimmerman has led two diverse careers, one as a military officer/systems engineer, and the other as a composer, pianist and conductor. His first career was spent in the United States Navy as a flight officer onboard the E-2C Hawkeye, operating off various aircraft carriers. On one of his Navy tours, he directed the Naval Air Training Command Choir, performing extensively throughout the country. He currently is an employee of a small Defense Department consulting firm (Whitney Bradley and Brown) in Vienna, Virginia. Two of his major works include "Wind Songs," a song cycle dedicated to the young people of Terezin and his piece "I Thank Thee Lord." The latter piece utilizes the poetry of CDR Ralph Gaither an American prisoner of war held captive in North Vietnam for seven years which is scored for men's chorus and orchestra. His music is published by Transcontinental Music and some of his compositions were recorded while serving in the Navy. He has a Master of Arts degree from the Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies and is a recent graduate of George Mason University with a Master of Arts with an emphasis on composition.
My Jewish World: An Early Childhood Music Curriculum (Book/CD set)
Music can be a wonderfully effective teaching tool for preschool aged children. My Jewish World guides teachers through the process of introducing and utilizing song in the classroom to teach Jewish values.
In her comprehensive and easy to follow book, Judy Caplan Ginsburgh includes twenty-six songs, religious and secular, that will help to facilitate an environment of fun and learning. Each song addresses important Jewish concepts and many use Hebrew words and prayers. Judy provides comments, activities, and creative ideas, specific for each song, which can be used in the classroom to learn about being Jewish every day. The importance of saying the Sh'ma each morning, learning the Hebrew words for colors, understanding body parts, and the value of cooperation are only some of the Jewish concepts touched on in the book.
In addition, Judy Ginsburgh includes a list of suggested books for many of the topics. These books help to reinforce and expand the lessons laid out in the curriculum.
With a helpful glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms and the companion music CD, My Jewish World is a wonderful guide to making music significant in the Jewish classroom.