Kids love body percussion. It's been a natural for them for years, from Patty-Cake to Double Double This That. Alone or with a partner, body percussion is great for rhythmic skills, coordination, and listening skills. Body percussion is also a natural segue to instrumental technique, like practicing bordun patterns on the knees.  And if you don't have instruments, you can still utilize the Orff philosophy. BUT....what if your students don't use body percussion musically? LIKE MAYBE THIS? Ugh. If nothing else, your students will transfer that playing attitude from the body to the instruments, and that's not good. So, what is musical body percussion? GENTLE. If a student ends up with red marks on their legs or hands, they're not being gentle. NOT SO HIGH OR FAR APART. A student should not lift their foot more than an inch for stamping. The hands can be maybe a couple of inches away from the thigh for patsching. The best clapping is done with one hand still or almost ...
Children's Literature Corner: I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes and Gordon James This beautiful little treasure was written to the memories of young Black men such as Tamir Rice and acknowledges the inner strength in young Black boys, or any child in particular. This book would be beautiful to use for Social Emotional Learning or any time a teacher wants to highlight positivity and self-esteem. Musically, this book can also tell this story, with some enhancements. Positive words such as "energy", "go-getter", "leader." This words can be either used as ostinati,  as an expressive speech piece accompanying the reading of the book. Let me give you an example: Example One: ostinato Example Two: expressive speech Adding a little melody with a book that intersperses with sections of the book re-emphasizes the tone and lesson of the book. The little melody I wrote is: You can also add instruments to enhance certain words like ENERGY (with a drum roll or...
Disclaimer: I am an Amazon Associate. When I link items to Amazon in any of my blogs, the link leads to them item. If you purchase through the link, I get a small percentage. So, you don't have to, buy if you do purchase through the link, I really appreciate it! We've all had them. We have our usual concepts that we teach year after year. But somehow, we tire of the same presentation. We might want to create a new theme. But, we've used the usual holidays, music themes, general sports themes, etc.  Why not try crazy holidays? There are various websites that list things like "National Ice Cream Day" or "National Save the Kumquat Day" (OK, I don't know about that one). Consider the fun it would be to introduce these to your kids! Here are some ideas for holidays January-April.   JANUARY January 21 is "Squirrel Appreciation Day." I don't honestly appreciate squirrels when they're in my birdfeeder, but they're cute nonetheless. Ther...