The Seals learned about the metronome today, listening to it click fast and slow, and even hearing the A440. Considering it is a new musical instrument, most of them watched and listened to it tick. M. Seals, brave one, followed the ticks and swung his arms back and forth and even tapped his toes. We utilized the song, “Hickory Dickory Dock,” to feel the beat like a clock (tick tock). Several of them were able to swing their arms right on the beat of 68.
The Mustangs asked questions about Chinese New Year regarding the music and dance. Thus, we explored drums and cymbals today. Traditionally, lion dance music is made of drums, cymbals, and gong. The music is played loudly to scare away the bad and bring in the good luck. Without a gong, we worked on some traditional Chinese rhythms putting them with words: “Chinese New Year, is here.” Each student even created their own rhythm and lead their peers in the rhythms. They learned to use a mallet to tap the drum on its side to make a clicking drum sound. One Mustang said, “I’m going to play louder to scare away the bad.” With all the music, the students with scarves as a parts of a lion dance and followed each other around the room. They ended with the lion falling asleep on the floor. The dances tell stories, which is why sometimes the lion falls asleep, and brings in good luck and scares away bad luck. I am getting more excited about our Chinese New Year celebration!
The Heros continued their exploration into Drum Circle, learning about conducting without playing. They learned how their gestures and body language told their peers what they wanted for speed, volume, and rhythm. A few of them led the group into unison playing, which was a proud moment! To get all 10 students on the same idea and thinking about someone else is difficult. It was fantastic to see how they develop more awareness of each other, melding into a solid group. For some students it was difficult to use their bodies, so they used their voice or modeled what they wanted on their drum.