Hap Palmer | Learning Basic Skills Through Music - Volume 1

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Learning Basic Skills Through Music - Volume 1

by Hap Palmer

Hap’s first recording made in 1969 while teaching special education in East Los Angeles California. Simple and sparely produced, this classic has been a favorite with early childhood educators for many years.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Colors
2:27 album only
2. Put Your Hands Up in the Air
2:21 album only
3. The Elephant
2:21 album only
4. The Number March
3:19 album only
5. Marching Around the Alphabet
3:16 album only
6. Growing
2:44 album only
7. This Is the Way We Get Up in the Morning
2:35 album only
8. Birds
3:08 album only
9. What Are You Wearing?
3:48 album only
10. What Is Your Name?
2:27 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Learning Basic Skills Through Music – Volume I

Hap’s first recording made in 1969 while teaching special education in East Los Angeles California. Simple and sparely produced, this classic has been a favorite with early childhood educators for many years.

Designed for use in a special education and early childhood classroom settings, the songs feature easy to understand and follow directions that help children learn colors, numbers, letters, vocabulary and body awareness.

The recording was made on a 4-track magnetic tape machine at Hollywood Sound Recorders in Hollywood California. Founded by Jesse Hodges in 1960’s, a strip mall has replaced this studio but the legend lives on. (See article below)*

Vocals, guitar, recorder, saxophone, percussion – Hap Palmer
Bass – Tom Perry
Engineer – Tom Perry
Cover – Yvonne Wood
Illustrations – Lianna Kelley

Updated versions of many of these songs are available for digital downloads. Titles and source recordings are listed below:

Colors / Colors in Motion
From CD “Can Cockatoos Count by Twos?” 

Put Your Hands Up In The Air
From the CD So Big

The Elephant 

From the CD Early Childhood Classics

Marching Around The Alphabet 

From the CD “One Little Sound”

From the CD “So Big”

What Are You Wearing?
From the CD “Learning In Two Languages”

*So Long, Hollywood Sound Recorders
by Michael Lee
January 24, 2012

I was on a session yesterday at Hollywood Sound Recorder, and it was more than a little bittersweet. If you aren’t familiar with it, Hollywood Sound Recorder is one of the great old A rooms in Los Angeles, right off of Sunset Blvd. Everyone from The Doors to Jackson Browne made records there. I was playing piano on what will be the final album recorded there; at the end of this week, all the gear is being boxed up and moved out, and the owner of the building is turning it into a strip mall. In one sense, I get it. The studio is sitting on a prime stake of real estate right near Sunset and Vine, and I’m sure the numbers just don’t add up. The income you can churn at a bodega selling cheap souvenirs to sweaty tourists is certainly more than you can generate by making albums these days. I also know that I’m part of the problem. Even on projects where I have the budget to track rhythm or overdubs in a big room, the turnaround time is usually so short that I can’t. When you have 36 hours to deliver a 5 minute cue, there’s not enough time to write the piece, book the band, track it, mix it, and deliver it. You have to use samples. So, it was a good session, but hard to see the brutal reality of the new musical economy. A little bit of history fading into the past, and a handful of people on hand to give one last musical benediction.



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love Marching Around the Alphabet
My former co-teacher had this c.d. and the kids loved it. She moved on to a different school and one little boy in particular asked for Marching Around the Alphabet everyday even though I kept explaing to him that I no longer had access to the c.d. Finally I had to buy it and he is so happy!


The kids love it
the kids in my 4 and 5 year old class really love the songs on this CD. The ask me several times a week to play the songs. Today they were asking to March around the Alphabet and we played it three times.


Great for grandmothers
This CD is great for preschool classes and for grandmothers with lots of grandchildren.

Jennifer Goldman

I'm so happy to have found the CD of my favorite chidhood record so I can now en
My fondest school memories are dancing to this record in kindergarten (33 years ago). I still remember most of the words. I think it is still one of the best recordings out there!

Ruth E in Pittsburgh

Mr. Palmer's music gets imbedded in your spirit to share with others
This is a MUST HAVE. Mr. Palmer's music stays for decades, just waiting to be shared with the next generation. I LOVE this collection of songs. I just bought it for my grandchildren. I used to use it when I taught Nursery School in the 70's


my preschoolers love it!
I wish I had bought this earlier in the school year. My classes are having fun with the songs but summer vacation is almost here. I am looking forward to using a lot next year.

Karen Wilson

It's great! Brings back old memories.
Bought this recording about 20 years ago for my daughters. I now bought the CD for my new grandaughter and my new day care center. My daughters were so excited to hear the familiar songs. We all sing them. Great educational and fun music.

Cynthia A. Koncick

Learning Basic Skills
The CD arrived promptly and has been put to good use already! My elementary students love it!

Pam Ronan

I bought it for preschool class
The children loved it .We play one or more of the songs everyday Colors is a favorite.

Orchar Hills Pre-School

very pleased with the album and delivery time thankyou
We are in Australia and we recieved the album in good time without any fuss. The album is proving to be a sucess with the very small children because the tempo is medium range and the instructions are clear and precise.
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