A look inside Music at FPD

A look inside Music at FPD

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Heartbeat of Music

Every class starts off the musical year talking about the musical concept of steady beat.  We listen to the beat of the drum and imagine our heart beating at a constant rate.  Then, we talk about how music has a beat that keeps going and going and going.  This is the steady beat, or musical pulse.  It's what you clap to, tap your toe to, or dance to.  With the students, we practice keeping the steady beat by patting, clapping, dancing, chanting a poem, you name it!  One very popular steady beat activity we've been doing is the "finger dance."  The students simple copy my movements with only their fingers.  I have encouraged the students to try to find the steady beat to music they hear throughout the day--maybe on the radio on the way home from school or during worship at church.  The steady beat is the foundation of our musical experience!  

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