Body Percussion in the Classroom
Vocabulary of sounds
Simple three part rhythm
Jazzy Rock Rhythm
L'il Liza Jane
Choral Warmup #1 new 10/14!!!
Here's a link to a composer of Body Music in Germany.
Some arrangements to try...http://www.cesdur.de/
Great links to some modern Step Dancing
History of American Step dancing
So you Think You Can Dance Step Dancing
Beautiful Creatures video by Barbatuques (so cool!)
NAfME National Conference
October 26-29, 2014 Nashville, Tennessee
Teacher workshop day and they're gonna make you sit through another language arts presentation?
Email me and we'll set up a more valuable workshop for you and your fellow music educators. (Fee is based only on my expenses, I'm not trying to make money, just spread some fun ideas...)
(I'm based in New England so the Northeast is an easy drive for me)
I've devoted many years to the study and practice of teaching with Body Percussion. I've presented workshops for NAfME and Universities in NH, Maine, Connecticut, New York and now the National Convention in Nashville. Twenty five years in the the Middle School Classroom have taught me to keep things moving, make use of every second, and never let them see you cry.....
These are fun Body Percussion patterns I've created for use as accompaniments and solo or ensemble pieces. Kids love to clap, tap, and stomp their way around the world. We learn form, dynamics, timbre, rhythm, articulation, listening and performance skills.
Another three part rhythm
Son clave and Cascara
3 5 3 5 3 5 7 from Keith Terry
Boom, Snap Clap
How to write your own rhythms
Loopy Body Percussion (experts only) new 10/14
Resources and books
This is a short video of the presentation I made on Body Percussion at the biennial National Association for Music Education Conference in Hartford, Connecticut this past spring.
Here is a clip from our production of Guys and Dolls Jr. I've used body percussion to choreograph the song so the kids can dance while sitting down.
(of course.... you gotta sit down in this song!!)