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Corporate Meter Games

Older students get so caught up in a world of winner/loser games, that they forget team games, listening games, and ensemble.  Here are some ideas to teach art music, team work, coordination, and have lots of fun doing it.  Use these games for warm ups for the brain and body and you'll be amazed at how your older students will be more able to improvise and create movement and melody with fluency.

Take 5: Want to teach some classic jazz, mixed meter, and corporate movement.  Try something like this.  

Body Percussion Canon: Necessary for polyphonic singing and dancing, this really helps children think on the spot, think ahead, and observe others simultaneously.  Here we see the concept of canon mixed with locomotor improv.  Note that the background music is student-made too.  Color change denotes the change in movement.  Could you put a story along with this?

Cup Game: This is not easy for adults or children.  Chances are your students will know these kinds of games and share them with you.  Follow the students.  Cups are cheap, so this one is easy to pull off financially.

What if you passed out cups or mallets this way in an informance?

Body Percussion: Can you tell the form of this piece?  What repeats?  How did they structure this?  Is it simpler than it originally looks?  That's the secret to an awesome body percussion routine.



Kirsten said…
I have been inspired by watching these these videos - I'm going to share the cup game with my colleagues at our next music training day. I've also picked up some ideas for percussion-with-a-partner from watching the Concert videos. Thank you so much.
Dri Christides said…
I really loved all of the examples of body percussion activities, especially ones that might interest older students. I'm a prospective teacher and one of the things I have been worried about is what to do with some of my older students to get them moving. Younger kids are easy, because they're more than willing to play with you, but the older kids, up through middle school and high school, often won't because it's too 'childish' or because they're suddenly afraid to act silly.

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