Concord West Side Elementary Music

The Concord West Side Family Songbook

Song Collection Project

Hello West Side Families!

Ms. Jones is collecting songs from the school community. You are invited to share a song that is meaningful to you or your family. This might be a lullaby, hand clapping game, or another song you learned as a child. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to submit responses with the help of their student.

How to Submit a Song

If your family would like to submit a song, you have three options:


2. Request a paper copy of the song collection packet. This method is for families who prefer not to use the online Google Form. The request form for the paper copy was included in the initial parent letter sent home in October, and this can be returned to Ms. Jones. You can also click here for a link to the "paper copy".


3. Schedule an appointment with Ms. Jones to perform and discuss your song. She would LOVE to meet with you! Please email her at or call 574-293-2531, ext. 84201. Thank you!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of song is Ms. Jones looking for?

Ms. Jones is looking for folk music from America and around the world. This means that she would like to collect songs and nursery rhymes that families have been singing together for generations. For example, when Ms. Jones was a child her grandma taught her many songs such as the Itsy Bitsy Spider and the Wheels on the Bus. Some families might know a song that is sung at parties when someone hits a piñata. Some families might know Twinkle Little Star or Los Pollitos. Ms. Jones is searching for songs that are representative of each family’s culture or heritage.

  • What does Ms. Jones plan to do with our songs?

Ms. Jones is currently pursuing her masters degree in music education at VanderCook College of Music, and this song collection is her masters project. She will collect songs from CWS families and compile them into a songbook. This songbook will be submitted to her college in the summer of 2019. She plans to upload a digital copy of the songbook to for the CWS families to see in the fall of 2019.

  • Can we send more than one song?

Yes. You will fill out a separate Google Form (or paper packet) for each song. Ms. Jones might put a limit on how many songs she will accept from each family depending on how many responses she receives, but for now she is happy to receive multiple songs from each family. Thanks!

  • Can we send a song from the radio?

Ms. Jones is looking for songs that have been sung by families for generations. For the purposes of this project, please do not send modern songs that you hear on the radio. She is reminding students that she isn’t looking for songs that they learned from the radio or from YouTube-- Ms. Jones is looking for songs that students can learn from their families.

Unfortunately, songs that are under copyright law cannot be included in the final project. If you aren’t sure if your song is under copyright law, please send it to Ms. Jones anyways and she will find out for you!

  • Will our song be included in the songbook at the end of the project?

The purpose of this project is to collect songs from CWS families that are representative of each family’s culture or heritage. Songs that are free from copyright law and deemed appropriate for the project will be compiled into a song collection representing the diverse family cultures at our school. If it turns out that a submitted song is under copyright law, she may not be able to include it in the project. If a song is deemed otherwise inappropriate, it will not be included in the project. If you aren’t sure if your song is under copyright law, please send it to Ms. Jones anyways and she will find out for you!

  • When Ms. Jones is finished with the project, where can we find the finished songbook?

Ms. Jones plans to post the the finished songbook here at in the fall of 2019.

  • Who will see my responses? If we upload a video, who will see it?

Your description of the song and the song origin might be included in the songbook. For example, Ms. Jones will want to note which country the song came from, and she may want to include a short description of your song, based on your response. Your written responses might also be included in Ms. Jones’ research paper that will be submitted to the college alongside the songbook, but your name will not be included in the paper. Only Ms. Jones will see your video. She will use this video to learn and transcribe your song for the songbook.

  • Does my name have to be included in the project?

You will need to provide your name to give permission to participate in the project. However, you can choose to keep your name anonymous in the songbook. If you want your name to be anonymous in the songbook, only Ms. Jones will see your name when you submit your song but it will not be printed in the songbook.

  • Can we send a song that our student learned in music class?

Ms. Jones would prefer to not receive a song that students already learned in music class. For example, if your student learned “Skip to My Lou” or “5 Little Froggies” in music class, please send a different song that your student can learn at home.

  • Is my student required to submit a song for this project?

Participation in this project is completely optional. This is a great opportunity for your family to make and discuss music and culture at home, but students are certainly not required to submit a song.

  • What is the last day to submit a song?

Responses will be accepted through February 28, 2019.

  • I would like to set up an appointment to meet with Ms. Jones in person to share my song.

Great! Ms. Jones would LOVE to hear your songs in person! Please call Concord West Side Elementary School at 293-2531 or email

  • I have a different question. What is Ms. Jones’ email address?

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Jones at Thank you!


Parent Letter 1 English ONLY.pdf

Parent Letter 10/1/18

Song Collection Packet ENGLISH.pdf

Song Collection Packet "Paper Copy"

Participant Consent Form ENGLISH.pdf

Participant Consent Form


If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Jones.

574-293-2521 ext. 84201

Responses will be accepted through February 28, 2019.

Thank you for your support of music at home and at school!

About Ms. Jones

Christa Jones is the 1st-4th grade music teacher at Concord West Side Elementary School. This is her 6th year teaching at CWS, and she is currently working on her masters degree in music education at VanderCook College of Music (Chicago). She loves teaching folk music from all cultures. This song collection project will be compiled and submitted to VanderCook upon completion.