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when i grow up cover
When I Grow Up (Tim Minchin’s)
Words and Music by Tim Minchin
From the Musical MATILDA
Illustrated by Steve Antony

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The book’s webpage on Scholastic.com:
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/when-i-grow-up-by-tim-minchin/

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The book’s webpage on TimMinchin.com:
http://www.timminchin.com/2017/07/25/the-new-when-i-grow-up-picture-book-illustrated-by-steve-antony-will-be-published-5th-october-in-the-uk-by-scholastic/

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Tim Minchin talks about writing the song and then he sings it:

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Tim Minchin and WHEN I GROW UP on Conan:

At 3:17, he talks about what the song is about.
At 3:48, he starts singing (with a few Matildas).

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Performance of the song, taken from the show, presented on British TV

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Some random thoughts from Emily:

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Oooooooooooooo, the JOY JOY JOY this song gives me on soooooooo many levels. WHEN I GROW UP is on of those songs that makes me SO, SO GLAD that I’m a singer. To sing these wonderful words, act as a conduit for the themes, to explore within myself the yearning and purposeful creation of empowerment.

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WHEN I GROW UP, words and music by Tim
Minchin for the musical MATILDA. I stumbled on the pre-order for this a few weeks ago and it just arrived today, thanks to a Tuckahoe Elemenary School PTA grant. I’m grateful for the grant and to be able to sing this song.

Finding this illustration felt like a miracle. When I originally listened to the Matilda musical soundtrack, this song stuck with me. It immediately latched on and made me WANT (need) to sing it. This song is of kids turning yearning into self empowerment. I remember so well feeling and thinking what the song expresses. And I feel it still, in many ways. And I see it every day in many of the children’s faces who I share music with.

The illustration is exuberant and energetic. And, as, thankfully, many illustrated books are starting to do, it features a multicultural cast of characters! This is so important! Every kid deserves to find something in a book that they can relate to. It’s going to be such fun to share it!

Come sing along with me sometime!!

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NOTE: WHEN I GROW UP is already in my regular repertoire. I’m still learning it (as it is a tricky song to sing) but I decided to invite the kids in to the journey of learning a song and some of the musical skills one has to master in order to do that.  In doing this, it is fun to remind kids that music is not just something we enjoy listening to.  Music is words and stories (literature).  Music is a language all it’s own (using symbols to represent sounds). Music is art (and AN art).  Music is science (the physics of sound).  And, music is math (how notes and measures are put together to create rhythm and meter).

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Addendum, 4/12/2018

Thanks to Ms. Campbell for capturing a moment from WHEN I GROW UP.  This is from my visit to Tuckahoe Elementary School this morning with Ms. Campbell’s and Ms. Howard’s 2nd grade group.

This illustrated song (by Tim Minchin, written for the musical MATILDA) was just published and I’m still learning it. Before singing it, I told the kids that music is many things, including art, science, and language. And that music is also math! I’m not very good at the math part of music and this song, for me, at least, requires counting to start phrases in the right places. That’s what those oranges stickers are, counting reminders.

At first I thought I should really learn the song before sharing it with kids, but then I decided that it might be good to invite them in on the process of learning to sing a song. I’m taking the kids on the journey with me. This is SUCH a great song. These are the things that were running through my head when I was a kid, and undoubtedly this is the same for kids today.

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Addendum, 4/19/2018

I am very grateful this year to have received a PTA Teachers grant, put in for me by the Kindergarten Team at Tuckahoe Elementary. Thank you very much Kindergarten Friends of Sing Books!

This illustrated songs is one of the materials that I acquired with the grant.  I wrote a grant report and this is my entry for WHEN I GROW UP:

NOTE: WHEN I GROW UP is already in my repertoire. I’m still learning it (as it is a tricky song to sing) but I decided to invite the kids in to the journey of learning a song and some of the musical skills one has to master in order to do that.  In doing this, it is fun to remind kids that music is not just something we enjoy listening to.  Music is words and stories (literature).  Music is a language all it’s own (using symbols to represent sounds). Music is art (and AN art).  Music is science (the physics of sound).  And, music is math (how notes and measures are put together to create rhythm and meter).

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Related Posts

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A 2017/2018 School Year Tuckahoe Elementary School PTA Teacher’s Grant (and what I got with it)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2018/04/17/a-tuckahoe-elementary-school-pta-teachers-grant-and-what-i-got-with-it/

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Though WHEN I GROW UP appeared in a song that went to Broadway,  it originated in England.  It’s not a song we can add to THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG BOOK, but it IS a musical song, so I feel it’s worth noting the genre:
GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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ILLUSTRATED SONGS FROM MUSICALS OUTSIDE THE USA
This is a companion list to THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK list, but this is a list of illustrated songs that came from musicals (mostly British), but that did not originate in the USA


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