First Hoop and Drum Lesson
This is part of a series of lessons using hula hoops as a prop, for movement, drumming, improvisation and building teamwork. There activities focus on phrases, rhythmic perception, and listening skills. The rhythm is adapted from the Rhythmische Ubung by Keetman, number 20.
- Everyone has a hula hoop to stand in.
- Stand inside your hula hoop (that is “home)
- Listen to the drum pattern (played on Tubano).
- When the drum plays you are invited to walk around your hoop.
- When the rhythm is over, step back into your hoop.
- Try again and find the ending of the patterns as a signal to step into the hoop.
- Can you step into the hoop at that last strike?
- The rhythm is repeated (played twice). Listen to the rhythm again. It is twice as long.
- Can you anticipate the end of the longer pattern to step into your hoop? Is it easier or
- harder to do?
- At the repeat, there will be a 4-tap signal (accented) indicating the repetition of the
- Walk away from the drum and when you hear that signal, start returning to your hoop.
- Find a pathway away from your hoop. Where will you go and how will you find you
- way back “home.”
- This time, find a new hoop to return to (like going to Orlando and starting in one theme
- park, but then moving to a new one!).
- Clap on those 4-tap signal to return to the hoops.
- Invite a student to play the drum emphasizing the 4-tap signal. The rhythm might change
- a bit.
- Walk to the steady beat to and from the hoops.
- Listen again to the rhythm (Rhythmische Ubung #20)
- After the rhythm is played, you will hear a signal for how many feet should step in a
- Rhythm….signal…go to a hoop
- How will you solve the problem of three feet in a circle?
- How will you solve the problem of 5 or more feet in the hoop? (The group in the video
- only had 6 class members).
- Cooperate with the others in the group to find a solution to this challenge.
- A student leads the rhythm
- A new student plays a tambourine to decide “how many feet” go into a hoop
- Add other instruments to accompany the basic rhythm (for instance, a guiro or
- Other pieces from the Orff Schulwerk, the Rhythmische Ubung could be used for this
- With a larger group, a recorder might improvise a melody to accompany the rhythm.
- Though not ideal, a recording could play and stop (at a phrase) and then have the teacher
- or a student could signal how many feet should step in a hoop.
- The rhythm could be played as an improvised or composed melody.
- The class could create their own rhythm for this activity (or beat box a rhythm). This
- could be created with speech or rhythmic building blocks.
- A hand drum might lead this activity rather than a tubano.
- Rather than clapping on the 4 sounds, the group could play their drums (the group
- eventually did this).
- Walking around the room could include keeping a beat on the drums or choreographing a
- dance as the class walks with the drum.
- The original rhythm could be explored on temple blocks or with the sound gestures
- suggested by Keetman (right and left laps).
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