The benefits of expressive movement exploration activities involve evoking body awareness and creating a kinesthetic experience with music. The creative movement allows children to discover the joy and satisfaction of moving in expressive ways. Below is an example of an expressive movement.
The instructions written at the bottom of the screen are for teachers or parents to use to guide the children. They are not meant for children to read. Children are encouraged to listen to the music and react with expressive gestures. Children are also encouraged to use their imaginations to express themselves when listening to the music. Children can relate to a story and use their imaginations to create their own choreography while listening to music.
The two main characters of this story come from the two sea creatures from the state
of Hawai'i, Humu (Humuhumunukunukuapua'a) and Honu (a turtle).
Here are some suggestions for how to conduct this activity. Start by asking the children to imitate the motions for steps 1 to 8 below:
- a. Was the music fast or slow?
- b. What do you hear about the music when the fishing rod sinks?
- c. Can you use a word to describe the bubble sounds that Honu made?
- d. What did you learn from this story? (should you listen to parents' and kupuna's advice?)
C. Loong. (2006). The moving child: Materials for early childhood music experiences. Perspectives, ECMMA, 1 (3).