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Joyce/Ware Movement (To and Fro) Part 1 of 3

To and Fro
(I made up that name, you can have a naming contest for the game, just leave the results in comments please) 
Objective: To concentrate listening skills on timbre and warm up the kinesthetic mind.  
Materials: I use a conga drum and mallet.  I hit the head of the drum or the rim of the drum.  I have also done this game with just a table and chair, each surface had a different timbre.  You can beat a table and door frame or any other two surfaces with loud yet different timbres.

You are the student!
You just walked into my room.  We're beginning a new game today!
Rules of Movement

  To and Fro
I've referred to The Mary Joyce book several times on the blog, but unless you've actually experienced this kind of lesson, it's difficult to begin teaching it, especially if you are not primarily a dancer.  This month I'll be giving you some games I learned from Patrick Ware who got them from his training and The Mary Joyce Book.  I will teach them to you as if you were in my class.

I strongly urge you to take Orff level classes to learn movement activities like these.  Workshops are just not as intense or as long as a level course.  The level courses also build stronger relationships with the instructors whom you will want to consult as you implement what you've learned.

Two readers inspired these posts.  One is an elementary teacher of students with special needs.  I've been following her blog for years.  She recently wrote about a day of singing with her students and I'm sharing these ideas with her so that she can add dancing to that mix.  Special needs children are often experiencing sensory integration problems and these kinds of activities really help them to focus.  Another teacher searched for ideas to "make students listen."  This game is an excellent tool for riveting student attention on directions and the timbre of the drum (or whatever you are using).  I hope this helps.
For this and all movement activity audio clips you will need...
  • an open space
  • comfortable clothes
  • flexible shoes or stocking feet
  • you can work with a partner or group if you like
  • The rules plus to and fro are 5 minutes long.  Feel free to burn a CD of it as part of a sub plan.  

I was inspired by a reader looking for ways to begin class.  This teacher is looking for ways to focus student attention, increase their listening skills, and get them engaged and creative immediately.  This game fits the bill.  It's called.....


Anonymous said…
It has been so long since I took level 1 Orff. This post was such a great reminder for me. I will definitely be doing this with my little ones after we get back from Spring Break. Thanks for sharing this!

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