This sitting activity involves tapping, wiggling, and moving arms. Non-locomotor rhythmic movements are especially suitable for young children. Since children may have limited command of the language, they are encouraged to imitate the teacher's movements.
When preparing movements for young children, the teacher must first analyze the form of music. The teacher can then choose gross and fine motor movements that match the form and the feel of the music. Any piece of music that is between the tempi of M.M. 125-140 is suitable for this basic non-locomotor rhythmic activity (Loong & Lineburgh, 2000). Movements need to be simple and yet enjoyable.
FIRST - refer to VIDEO 1:
Here are some suggestions for how to conduct this activity. Start by asking the children to imitate the motions for steps 1 to 7 below:
SECOND - refer to VIDEO 2. Watch the video and do the motions.
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C. Loong. (2006). The moving child: Materials for early childhood music experiences. Perspectives, ECMMA, 1 (3).
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After listening to Vivaldi's Winter, do you recognize the first piece that the performers played?
This group is called a quartet. That means four musicians played together. Do you recognize these instruments? Click here for more information.
Children, do not simply imitate them. You have to practice very hard to play what they could perform now.