This week our Grade 1 students had the opportunity to create their own body percussion compositions and practice with partners. The students were very focused during the entire process! Check out the pictures below
Here are some photos of the Grade 1-2 classes practicing body percussion compositions and making their own songs. I had the students work in small groups with one student as the "pointer" or "beat keeper" (they point to each square and keep a steady beat) and the other student as the "performer"
Welcome back after a restful break for an exciting 2017. We have lots of fun units planned in the next few months, and we are starting January off with one of my favourite units: Body Percussion!
What is body percussion?
Body percussion is using your body as an instrument. This includes snapping, stomping, patting, clapping, voice, etc.
Our goal with this unit is to practice different body percussion songs and emphasize a steady beat and accurate rhythms. At the end of the unit, students will create their own body percussion compositions and share with the class.
Here is a great body percussion video that I used to get students excited about the possibilities of making music with our bodies!
At the beginning of every class, we practice different routines like echo songs, a dance of the month and maintaining a steady beat. A new challenge in Grade 1 and 2 is keeping a steady beat while patting and clapping with a partner.
There are many reasons hand clap exercises are great for young musicians. Coordination, self-control and practicing rhythm and beat. I recently read an article that perfectly describes why hand clap games are so awesome! Click here to read "20 Reasons I Love Hand Clap Games".
Here are some photos of Mrs. Rempel's Grade 1 students mastering their hand clap skills:
In Grade 2, we continued our quarter note and eighth note practice by reinforcing the difference between "ta" (quarter note) and "ti-ti" (eighth note pair). The added bonus is we get to have a literacy focus while practicing new rhythm notes!
One of my goals each year is to see how quickly I can learn all the names of every student I teach. This year is no exception! We are having fun with different name games, chants and songs like the Cookie Jar Chant and the poem below:
(from Music Play by Themes & Variations)
Listen as I play the beat
Gee this drum sounds really neat!
This is such a silly game,
Sit down when you say your name.
My name is _______,
My name is _______,
I play a steady beat on the drum and each student says, "My name is ______", fitting into the drum beat. I was amazed how quickly all the students picked up and performed with confidence, all while maintaining a steady beat!
I can keep a steady beat!
Arts Ed teacher for Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students at Grant Road School