Dance, Dance, Dance, and Stop On Plate

“We dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, and then stop on a plate!”Dolphins Dance and Stop on Plate

Focusing on the student’s impulse control, listening, and direction following, I had the Seals and Dolphins dance and then stop on a plate when the music stopped.  For practice, students easily danced to the rhythmic chant of my words above and stopped on a plate.  Then when I played and stopped the music, it was a little more challenging as students had to listen carefully to when the music was playing or had stopped.

Seals Dance and Stop on PlateA. Seals Dance and Stop on Plate

For a few students, they needed the complex direction broken down in smaller steps: “Stop.  Now find a plate.” while many of the students were successful in doing the complex direction independently.  Some students liked to return to the same plate each time while a few explored all the plates and space in the room.  A couple of students carried their plates with them to ensure that they always had a plate on hand.  It was fun moving freely in the room and being aware of where the plates were located to stop.     Dolphins Dance and Stop on Plate  Dolphins Dance and Stop on PlateL. Seals Dance and Stop on PlateT. Seals Dance and Stop on Plate

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About Hilary Yip

Music Therapy. Martial Arts. Rowing/Coxswain. Creative Movement.
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4 Responses to Dance, Dance, Dance, and Stop On Plate

  1. Linda says:

    Hi Hillary,
    I really enjoy reading your blog. How do you come up with so many different great ideas for music therapy interventions?

    • Hilary Yip says:

      Hi Linda,
      Thank you! To create music therapy interventions, I think about what the students need to work on and where they need to grow.

      Thanks for reading!
      Hilary

      • Linda says:

        Hi Hilary, Thanks for getting back to me. What I meant to ask is do you design all the interventions yourself or do you also get ideas from other music therapy books.
        Thanks,
        Linda

        • Hilary Yip says:

          Hi Linda,
          I design most of the interventions myself and adapt ideas that I read from music therapy books, blogs, and from conference sessions. I find great ideas from conferences and utilize them in different ways to meet my student’s needs.

          Best,
          Hilary

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