We know that there is a lot of uncertainty around us right now. We've been spending our time over the last few days cancelling rehearsals and concerts but have received some questions on how to keep music-making part of your pupils' lives. With that in mind we've prepared this newsletter featuring some ideas that might prove helpful. We're happy to circulate another music round-up on a different topic next week.
We've tried to make suggestions of activities/ online resources that are suitable for a home setting, require no specialist equipment and are perfect for families looking for 'together' activities.
This week all our selected activities have something to do with...beat
Junior & Senior Infants
Warm-up Rhyme: Feet, Feet, Feet, Feet
This is a great warm-up to get the body moving. March around keeping the beat while saying this poem:
Feet, feet, feet, feet
Hear them marching down the street
Big feet, Little feet
March and stop!
Freeze on the word "Stop!" and make a silly pose or face.
Start again, this time moving quietly: Hear them tiptoe down the street...
Repeat the poem, finding different ways to move eg. dancing, skipping, hopping, walking etc.
Click on the button below for a fun piece to move to the beat with. This piece of music is called March Past of the Kitchen Utensils. Pretend it's night time and you are one of the spoons in the drawer that sneaks out while the humans are asleep to have a party with all the other spoons and knives and forks, then sneak back into the drawer before they wake up!
Listen carefully to the music and you will hear a loud banging sound. When you hear this, jump and clap, and change direction. You can have lots of fun moving in different ways to the music.
1st & 2nd Class
Steady beat rhyme: Lemon Lime
Lemon Lime, keep in time
Make it neat, feel the beat
Not too fast, not too slow
Keep it steady - Go, go, go!
Keep the beat in lots of different ways while you say the poem. You can tap, click, stamp, clap, and try to find new ways to keep the beat.
Also try using different voices to say the poem, use your quiet voice, whisper voice, robot voice, squeaky voice, low voice, and thinking voice. See if you can still keep your beat steady while you change voices!
Click on the button below to keep your beat along with this fun video! Don't forget to try lots of different ways to keep your beat. Move on to the next level for more of a challenge!
3rd & 4th Class
Steady beat rhyme: Coca Cola
Coca Cola went to town
Pepsi Cola knocked him down
Dr Pepper picked him up
Turned him into 7Up!
There are lots of different ways to keep the beat with this poem, clapping, clicking, tapping, stamping, marching... But if you are outside you could also bounce a ball to the beat while saying the poem. You can also keep the beat with a partner by bouncing the ball back and forth to each other to the beat while saying the poem.
Challenge: pass the ball between you and your partner on the beat, EXCEPT when you say a drink - bounce the ball instead every time you say a drink eg. Coca Cola (bounce bounce) went to town (pass pass)
See who get's knocked out of the game first by forgetting to bounce!
Click on the button below for a fun video to practise keeping your beat with. Get yourself 2 chopticks, or pencils and tap along!
5th & 6th Class
Body Percussion: Bubble Gum
Bubble gum, bubble gum chew and blow
Bubble gum, bubble gum, scrape your toe
Bubble gum, bubble gum, tastes so sweet
Get that bubble gum off your feet!
Every time you say Bubble gum tap this pattern to the rhythm (words): Right knee, left knee, clap hands.
On Chew and blow tap to the rhythm (words): Right shoulder, left shoulder, then head. Repeat these patterns for the next 2 lines.
The last line starts differently: Right shoulder, left shoulder for Get that and is followed by the patterns above: Bubble Gum (right knee, left knee, clap hands) Off your feet (right shoulder, left shoulder, then head)
See if you can come up with your own body percussion for this poem.
Click on the button below to learn more about body percussion and for ways to compose your own body beat!
Well that's our round up complete for this week. We hope you found it helpful. If you have any requests, suggestions or even recordings of your students giving the activities a go do send them on to us.
Until next time,
The MGOW Team
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