Lesson: Super Heroes

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Super Heroes     Day 1 Teach “Canon” and sing as a two or three-part canon. (Music for Children I, #41 pg. 132 with adjusted rhythm to fit text) Day 2 As a class, have students brainstorm superheroes and create an eight-beat rhythm using superhero names. For example, Together, create body percussion to go with…

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Children’s Literature Lesson: The Squiggle

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Head Voice and Pathways and Shapes, Oh, My! Mileage from The Squiggle The Squiggle by Carole Lexa Schaefer (ISBN-10: 9780517885796) is a charming little book about a child who finds “a squiggle” (string?) on the ground as she and her class are walking in a “bunched up, slow, tight, straight line.” As children do, she gets…

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Why Creative Movement in Music Class?

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Why Creative Movement in Music Class? Last week we shared how to begin using creative movement with your students. This week Judith Thompson-Barthwell shares why including creative movement is an important part of an Orff-Inspired curriculum. Creativity does not occur in a void! Teach directive lessons to give specific material for exploration Let students experiment with…

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Making It Work: Structuring Creative Movement

Structuring Creative Movement in Orff Inspired Lessons When I took level one I joyously folk danced through the movement segments and really understood that I could use folk dance with my students and how it would fit into the types of lessons I was designing. Then we began the creative movement portion.  I loved the…

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Lesson: Shaping Up Creative Movement

Shaping Up Creative Movement LeslieAnne Bird shares her process for utilizing the elements of movement to interpret the English folk song “The Keys of Canterbury.” The lesson encourages students to review and take inspiration from a performance by Dance Studio Kadans, which can be found in this YouTube video. National Standards 3MU:rR9.1.4a Demonstrate and explain how responses to music…

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Lesson: Haiku Inspired Creative Movement

Using the beautiful and spare language of haiku as a model, students create movement compositions that become a “score” for instrumental pieces. This lesson is suggested for upper elementary or middle school students who are mature enough to grasp the intent of haiku: to express a big (and sometimes emotional) experience in a very few…

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Lesson: Leaf Children

A beautiful children’s book and autumn leaves inspire creative movement and encourage children to make aesthetic choices about instrumental accompaniment to their leaf dance. A repeated refrain from the book provides an opportunity for vocal improvisation and the lesson also includes suggestions for creating an operetta. This lesson is suggested for children in grades K-1. Download…

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