Colorado History Songs
written for Colorado Music Educators by a Colorado Music Educator
Also - New from Music for You
Dear Colorado Music Educator:
Why not join the over 900 Colorado schools that have discovered the wonderful Colorado History music resources available from Music For You Publishing?
Written by John Polinski, himself a Colorado Music Educator in Jefferson County (now retired!!), there are now four different publications that can be used singly or mixed together to enhance your student's study of Colorado History or simply because they are great fun and your students will love them: Use the songs in combination with your own narration and other creative ideas for a wonderful Colorado History show.
COLORADO HISTORY SONGBOOK - the original publication includes:
Colorado- Great upbeat tune about our own Centennial State.
Columbine - A lovely song that describes our state flower that you’ll keep on humming.
Pikes Peak- 50s rock about our most famous fourteener with an interlude that tells the story of Katherine Lee Bates and America the Beautiful
Mountain Men- Catchy hoe down style with spoken verses about Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Jedediah Smith and Jim Beckwourth.
Gold Rush – Everybody joined the Gold Rush, the rush to Colorado and your students will rush to be selected to rap about how the discovery of gold (lead and mpacted the growth of Colorado.
Iron Horse- chuggin and a smokin and a clickin down the rails right into the hearts of all train lovers--filled with facts about the early railroads!
COLORADO HISTORY SONGBOOK II includes:
La Jente Vino a Colorado - Lilting Spanish tune tells how the Spanish people settled and named the state of Colorado.
Symbol Song - describes the state’s flag and other symbols, in catchy snippets, perfect for staging.
Soaring Eagle, Grazing Buffalo - The story of Colorado’s Native American inhabitants as seen through the eyes of the eagle and buffalo. Lyrics were reviewed by the Jeffco Native American consultant.
Ladies in Colorado - Colorado’s most famous ladies come alive in this 70’s rock style song that even the boys will enjoy singing.
On the Trails - Early pioneers traveled different routes to get to Colorado. Learn where they went and who traveled on the trails in this country folk style song.
The Western Slope - The western side of the Continental Divide is explored in R & B style.
COLORADO "B" "A" "G" – ORIGINAL SONGS FOR RECORDER includes:
Rockin the Rockies (B,A)
Stegasaurus Stomp (B, A, G)
Ride the Iron Horse (B, A, G, D2)
Tribal Echoes (A, G, D2, C2, E1)
Dawn On the Dunes (B, A, G, D2, C2, E1) – with optional Hand Chime Accompaniment·
Skiing (Biking) the Slopes (B, A, G, D2, C2, E1, D1)
Dancin’ In the City (B, A, G, D2, C2, E1, D1, F#1)
How many times have you wanted to teach the official Colorado State Song, but were discouraged because of the key that was too high for most elementary school children or the “old-timey” sound? Now Music for You Publishing is offering a new collection that features an updated version of Where the Columbines Grow. Composer/Arranger and retired Colorado Music Educator John Polinski has created a new arrangement with updated harmonies and accompaniment track that is in an “easy to sing” key.
Vintage Colorado Songbook includes:
Where the Columbines Grow (verse 1 only)
Where the Columbines Grow (verses 1 and 3)
The Colorado Trail (with recorders) – Cowboy Song
The Colorado Trail (without recorders) – Cowboy Song
Hail Colorado! Marching/Entrance Music
Hail Colorado! – Energetic March Style with great words
All collections include rehearsal and performance tracks on CD and sheet music. The Songbooks also include word sheets and lead sheets that are reproducible for student use.
Music for You Publishing
John and Sylvia Dunham-Polinski
1931 Krameria St.
Denver, CO 80220-1556
Phone: (303) 331-9235 FAX: (303) 399-9384