tale of two villages

A Tale of Two Villages

A Tale of Two Villages 


Tale of Two Villages, Music for Creative Dance: Contrast and Continuum, Volume 1, Eric Chapelle


  • Locomotor vs. Non-Locomotor Movement
  • Expression of Beat
  • Binary Form (AB)
  • Improvisation 


  • Students scatter in space, encourage various ways of moving a singular body part; move arm only, or leg, or head, etc., teacher plays drum for 8 beats as students move.
  • Say, “Let’s try it a different way; if you moved standing up, try it sitting or bending knees, or laying down”.  Change levels, add shapes (triangle, circle), and expressive movements (slither, sway, melt, bend, etc.), non-locomotor only.
  • Introduce temple blocks (or a different instrument), students respond with locomotor movement as teacher plays for 8 beats.
  • Discuss words to describe movement, discuss the activity; lead to discovery/labeling of same/different as “A” and “B” sections of music.
  • In small groups or as a whole class, brainstorm a list of creative movement, both locomotor and non-locomotor.
  • A Section:  Non-locomotor movement
  • B Section:  Locomotor movement  

Extension Activity with Ribbon Wands and Unpitched Percussion.   

  • Divide class; half with ribbon wands, half with hand drums.
  • Ribbon wands will watch as teacher changes shape cards below on A section (mbira/kalimba playing on recording).
  • UPP players will improvise on B section (drums on recording).
  • Perform, then switch jobs. 


Click here to download and print this set of movement cards.


Title Photo Credit: Houston Chronicle

Aimee Curtis Pfitzner

Aimee Curtis Pfitzner has been the Lower School Music Director at Cannon School in Concord, NC for 23 years and has taught music for 27 years. She holds a Masters of Music degree from UNC-Greensboro and completed Level I Orff-Schulwerk Training at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, Levels II and III at UNLV, and Master's Level at the University of Memphis. Aimee is a frequent presenter at music workshops and conferences in the US and Canada. Her books, Hands to Hands, Hands to Hands Too, Painted Music, Sing a Song, Play a Game, and Playful Possibilities are available from Beatin’ Path Publications. She is passionate about music making, gardening, adoption, and anything and everything creative; painting, zendoodling, digital scrapbooking, making jewelry, writing music, crafting, and sewing. When not teaching or writing music, singing, or creating, she can be found musically musing on her blog, www.ofortunaorff.com.

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