Summer 2021 MECA
Continuing Education Courses
World Folk Song & Dance
Movement is an integral part of being musical and plays an essential role in music development. Most of our elementary repertoire contains a movement component. This is no surprise; children learn best when they are able to use their bodies. The movement component of our curriculum is worthy of the same explicit and intentional instruction that we devote to the tonal and rhythmic aspects of our curriculum. This lively workshop (yes, you will be moving) will focus on movement skills and developmentally appropriate strategies and techniques designed to enhance movement in any music curriculum, while engaging students in rich folk music repertoire. Knowledge of these strategies and techniques will help students move competently, effectively and musically.
We will start each day (9:00 a.m.–Noon) by focusing on one of the topics listed below and then spend the rest of the morning applying this knowledge as we discover folk dances, passing games, play parties, rounds and clapping games from 15 countries around the world. The music games of a country or a people are imbued with their history, values, characteristics, spirit and heart. We can appreciate and begin to know a little about a people when we move in their footsteps. These are delightful gifts uniting not only generations, but cultures. They allow us to build a bridge where we are offered a glimpse into another culture and are delighted to find ourselves looking back. This knowledge leads to greater awareness and global understanding.
Participants will be introduced to the following topics and their relevance and application in a music classroom:
• Intentional Movement in the Music Classroom
• The Theory of Multiple Intelligences
• The Brain Dance
• First Steps in Music (Movement Objectives)
• Infant/Toddler Movement
• Bridges to the Community
Participants will be introduced to folk dances, passing games, play parties, rounds and clapping games from 15 countries around the world and their relevance and application in a music classroom.
First Steps in Global Music
by Karen Howard
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