As you can tell, I’m enjoying incorporating many of John Feierabend’s ideas in to my classroom. In his material, “Conversational Solfege,” he includes many listening activities. For instance, he has a page with the rhythm of the piece, “Can-can.” (I have the Offenbach version). Students listen to the song and speak the rhythm as the song goes on.
I used this idea but modified it to meet the needs of my students. I put the rhythm of the first 4 measures of the theme on the board ( (I have the Offenbach version).) and said to repeat it 4 times (it’s a *little* different from the original but close enough for my purposes). I did the same for the second general pattern (again, not exactly the same but matched my needs). For the 3rd part I simply let the children conduct in 2/4. They liked playing conductor. 🙂
Here are some pictures:
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