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Music in the elementary schools.

Aug 8, 2013 4:08pm

What if there isn't money to have music taught in elementary schools. What options are open?

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    • Jun 1, 2014 10:32pm

      Try dowling stick and chair work for rhythm. A good rhyme I use is:
      If you wanna get to heaven let me tell you what to do
      You've got to grease your feet in mutton stew
      slide right over the slippery sand and
      Ooze over to the promised land.

      Students learn the rhyme, miss increasing numbers of words out and/or shout an increasing number of words to consolidate

      Now take 2 or 3 ostinato patetrns and have them recite

      turn the vocal pattern into stick and chair patterns. great intro to polyrhythms.

      Any old pieces of conduit placed on the floor and students dance in and out whilst students slide the poles together in a set rhythm

      • Aug 14, 2014 8:35am

        We have used brake drums, rocks (try star class computer program). Pots and pans are great too. Another kool thing is body percussion - clapping, patting, mouth noises, even blenders and mixers. Had 25 djembe donated by a supt. There are pieces of music written for all above or better yet write your own piece. A great project is to have students construct their own instruments: creativity, problem solving, student input, assessment, very CCSS.