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Candy del Castillo, an experienced elementary school teacher with a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education, loves to use music as a teaching tool to reach the children in her classroom. However, she soon realized that there was much more music available for pre-school and kindergarten children than for her 2nd grade students. Also, the topics were not always suited for most 1st and 2nd graders, as they typically learned their ABC's and basic number counting in kindergarten. Though there is definitely a need for songs on those topics, she felt that songs on subjects such as states of matter, seasons of the year, counting by twos, fives, tens, counting quarters, etc., were missing from many educational cds. Candy discussed this with her husband, Mark, who is an accomplished guitarist in the professional international touring band, Del Castillo. Mark went to his recording studio and decided to write a song about the seven days of the week. Although this topic was not geared specifically for 2nd graders, Candy was surprised at how much her students enjoyed and responded to the music. She then gave a copy of it to the daycare at school, as well as teachers in kindergarten, 1st, & other 2nd grade classes. The response from all grade levels was extremely positive. Even the 2nd graders, who were "too cool" to listen to a kindergarten song, were requesting to hear it over and over! Inspired by the reactions from her students, fellow teachers, and their own children, Candy & Mark began to collaborate on more songs. Thus, Cool School Music was born!
What you hear in Cool School Music: Volume 1 is what the kids and teachers are already learning: That educational music for the classroom can be COOL!!