Friday, November 2, 2012

Music and Movement Class Wrapup

Duck, duck, goose.
JCSHG offered a music class from late August to October this year. The class was divided into two age groups. One class consisted of ages 7 and up, the other was for those 6 and under. Both groups of children had a wonderful time learning about instruments, rhythm, and moving to music through fun activities and dances.

Rhythm sticks.
For the younger students--
During the five-week session the younger group "shook it up" by dancing like animals, making homemade shakers, and learning about the beat of music using rhythm sticks. However, the one thing that didn't change was ending each class with a fun game of "Wind the Bobbin." Each child enjoyed having a turn as the bobbin. Everyone had a great time and we look forward to the new classes starting after the first of the year.

--by Billie S.
--photos by Jeannette F.

For the older students--
Swing your partner.
Do you know the song "Oh Belinda" or what it means to "honor your partner"? Our older children's music and movement participants do. We had a swinging good time learning some basics of square dancing. We probably need to admit that it was our favorite part. "Oh Belinda" was a favorite to dance to. It was also nice that we were able to teach this dance to the younger class and all do it together when we had some students missing. We did lots of swinging our partners and other fun moves. It wasn't uncommon for everyone to be worn out after some fast-paced square dancing.

Rhythm sticks are another fun way to wear out a group of kids. We did actions with rhythm sticks to the theme songs to "Fame" and "The Smurfs" along with some other songs. Rhythm sticks focus on keeping accurate rhythm with the music while adding in other motions. It could get tricky at times.

In addition to our movement fun, we learned about famous composers and listened to some short pieces of their compositions. Handel was probably the most recognized with his piece entitled "Messiah" which can be heard in commercials, cartoons, and many other TV venues.

Playing a song on the Boomwhackers.
We took on a new challenge during our last class and played songs such as "Old McDonald" on Boomwhackers. Boomwhackers are actual instruments that are tuned plastic tubes. It was a boomwhacking good time.

--by Marie S.
--photos by Evie M. and Jeannette F.

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