As children come to learn more and more about how music is put together, they will begin to have new ears to hear any music. They add critical thinking skills to their musical experiences and will enjoy many kinds of music. They also come to understand and love music as they have hands on experiences creating their own music. They can have that experience through private lessons or by just doing some of the fun lessons that I will share.

The lessons will center on the Elements of Music: Beat, Rhythm, Style, Melody, Expression, Form, Timbre, Harmony, and Texture. You can watch as children become confidant at discussing these elements and hearing them in the music they listen to each day. They will enjoy using these elements to create their own music.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Norwegian Dance No. 2 Lesson 2

Here is where the fun begins.  By the time you have finished lesson one, you should be pretty familiar with this piece.  You know the musical form AABAA Coda.  You know that the A section always goes home and that the B section does not.  So you are ready to do a laser light show with this music.

You will need a good flashlight for each person and a room large enough that everyone can lie down on their back and see the ceiling.

Step 1 is to define on the ceiling a place that will be home.  If there is a light or a vent on the ceiling that will work great.  You may have to tape something up there if there is no defining feature.  But there has to be a definite place that everyone can identify.

Next you are going to lie down and turn off the flashlights.  They go on the minute the music begins.  Now what you did before with walking and running around the room is done on the ceiling with the flashlights.  You walk during the A sections, always going home.  You run during the B section and freeze when the music stops.  And at the end when everyone is back on home, the flashlights "wiggle" for the Coda.

This is best done in a really dark room.  The darker the room, the more fun is the light show.  It is the most fun when you have several people doing it with you.  So if you are homeschooling just a couple of kids, you'll want to learn it well and then be prepared to invite the whole family or some friends over to do it with you.  Just remember to ask them to bring a flashlight and be ready for some real fun!


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