i sent Gaeton's "Buff Verb" lesson out to some of my summer school teachers with the idea that this was a great lesson we could do together. Well--three of them took me up on it. With summer being more of a "camp" feel, it was perfect to let our hair down and get into the baselines of some good jazz music. The kids were right with us (rising 6th graders) came up with verbs like "grating" and "syncopated" and "collapsed." We got them up and had them create a movement for their word--and then we put all of the movements together in a sort of dance that matched the music. Finally, the kids sat down and wrote about what they had experienced-- Thanks, Gaeton--
WOW!!!! Awesome. I want to meet the 6th grader who came up with "syncopated". If you want to hear some good syncopated drum beats, listen to Carter Beauford from the Dave Matthews Band. (Song-Rapunzel) I like "collapsed" as well. I like when great bands get into a music frenzy, then "collapse" or "slam the door shut" on the antics, leaving the backbone (rhythm section) intact to tighten up the screws on the tune.
Thanks for trying out music in the classroom. If you have any questions or need some song suggestions, give me a shout!
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