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)
- 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