First We Sing! Kodály-Inspired Teaching and its companion volumes offer guidance and direction for teachers who are new to the Kodály approach. Experienced teachers will find fresh ideas to supplement their materials, along with another perspective on Kodály's philosophy and its implications for teaching today. This TEACHING GUIDE begins with an overview of the Kodály approach and a brief introduction to the philosophy, its tools and materials. It includes a detailed explanation of the “three-step process” (Prepare, Present, Practice) toward musical literacy, as well as a comprehensive look at musical skills and the ways they develop over time. Teachers will find K-5 curriculum mapping and yearly plans to daily lesson plans, suggestions for choosing and using quality repertoire and building a personal song collection. Lists of easy-to-find songs suggested for reading and writing at each grade level are included, indexed by element and motive.