“Drop one, add one!”

I found this activity in a great resources called An American Methodology by Ann Eisen and Lamar Robertson.  This book is jam-packed with great material and sequence.  It is Kodaly based and it’s fantastic.

Drop One, Add One: an improvisation game in which four students participate.  The first student sings a four beat melodic phrase or claps and four beat rhythm; the second student echoes the melody or rhythm and adds another four beat improvisation; the third students echoes the last four beats  of the  improvisation of student two and adds another four beat improvisation; the fourth student echoews the last four beats of the improvisation of student three and adds another four beat improvisation; the first student echoes the last four beats of the improvisation of student four and adds another four beat improvisation.

I plan on giving this to my fourth grade students as a warm-up activity. I will also use this to eventually become a “B” section for one of our other musical experiences.

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