Martina Schwarz, born in Cologne, has lived and worked in Germany, France and England as a songwriter-composer, teacher, musician and performer. She holds a degree in education (University Cologne) and also has a longstanding background as a teacher of German and music in primary education.
Martina has always believed that music is an excellent vehicle for language learning, as language in itself is music with its own rhythm and intonation. Inspired by the young MFL learners themselves, she soon discovered that the tunes and rhymes she invented for the language lesson worked. They helped the children memorise new vocabulary and phrases as well as being fun to sing and act out. “Can we sing this song again?” The songs were not only sung in the classroom and assembly but also in the playground and at home. No more encouragement did Martina need to continue writing more and more catchy tunes and lyrics for almost every primary curriculum topic.
Martina was delighted to collaborate with the Goethe-Institute and have her ideas beautifully produced in the form of 2 language learning resources, "Learn German with Songs" and "Learn more German with Songs".
Both books and CDs can be ordered at the Goethe-Institute online shop.
The English translation of all the songs can be found there as well
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Most recently the latter songbook has been published by the German publisher "Hueber-Verlag" under the title "Spielerisch Deutsch lernen, Lieder und Reime".
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