Enter us ~ “The Music Education Expert”! Rather than simply offer a song about the times tables or rock formations, let’s take it a step further. Let’s get the school faculty creating music together….I know, I am NUTS, but think about it for a moment ~ here is an opportunity to be a resource for the faculty. How perfect! At the very beginning or end of a faculty meeting, you could stand up, introduce yourself as one of the “A in STEAM” resources and teach a lesson that you know they will love and will be successful with immediately. I am sure you have one in your arsenal, but if you don’t here is a great one from Dave Holland’s Drumagination Lesson Booklet (Click on his website interactiverhythm.com for more information):
BEAT IN THE FEET
This activity combines hand/ eye coordination while providing sound effects to actions happening in the center of the circle. This is a great way to invite participants to the center to do some facilitating of their own!
- drums, hand percussion
THE SET UP:
- Begin by saying “when my feet hit the ground, play one sound.”
- Once you’ve established group cooperation, say “what other sounds can you create to match this fancy footwork?”
- Begin to experiment with other foot movements such as tiptoe, stomping, sliding, or even the moonwalk!
- Now invite 1 or more members of your group into the circle to lead the group in creating sound effects or some groovy feet beats!
- Once you’ve had some fun with this game, use your feet to establish a new tempo or pulse (6/8 anyone?) for the next group to groove!
- Consider using other body parts to illicit sounds from the group (ie: arm wiggle, punch, booty shake)
THE PAY OFF:
- Leadership empowerment, creativity
- representative language
And last, but not at all least, remember to communicate:
- What you don’t expect (which is just as important: note reading, proper singing technique, etc…)
- Music is for everyone ~ regardless of level. Making music together is ALWAYS a good idea!..and ALWAYS a lot of fun!
If you have a great lesson that you would like to share, please post in the comments below! We are always looking for great ideas!