“Hurry up and move it up and down.” A Butterfly said to my violin playing. I brought my violin to share music with the students and inspire them to dance. In the Enrichment after-school program, the Butterflies were reading Giraffes Can’t Dance. In the story, Gerald the Giraffe has difficulty dancing to various styles of dance with different animals. When the violin plays, Gerald dances beautifully and comfortably with his long legs.
For our music time, I brought Can-Can music and Flamenco music with scarves for the Butterflies to dance like animals in the story. They were creative one leg flamingos and leg kick dancers with the scarves. I also had my violin to play some tunes for dance. Instead of dancing, they were all curious to watch me play the violin and try it themselves. I taught the Butterflies to hold the bow at the end and move it across the strings. Each student had a blast pulling the bow over the strings and listening to the sounds of the violin. I played trills, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” glissando, harmonics, double stops, and various notes to let them hear the different sounds that can be made on the violin. The Butterflies were very gentle and careful around the small fragile instrument. To end today, I played “Happy Birthday” in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday celebration.