You’re sitting in a cafe and your latest guilty pleasure comes on the radio. You secretly tap your foot as you drink your coffee and work on your computer. The urge to move with the music is irresistible (even if it is the latest Ke$ha song).
Kids feel that too. In a world where they spend 5 days and week sitting behind a desk, the last thing they want to do is be strapped to a chair for an hour after school. The desire to move is undeniable – lets embrace it!
At BMF we have an entire section of the classroom dedicated to movement. Whether it’s creating motions to the lyrics, or marching to the beat, movement is used on a daily basis. One of the movement games that I really like is “Mic Swap,” where kids take turns singing a lyric of the song into the mic as they march in line. They love the anticipation of the line moving forward as their turn to sing approaches, and they love singing and then excitedly racing to the back to begin marching again. All in one activity, they are moving their bodies and having fun, while developing essential musical skills such as lyric retention, keeping the beat and singing in time.
Using movement is not only is not only fun, but essential in teaching music. It taps into the natural urge we all have and ultimately connects you to the music in a way that nothing else can. Whether its marching, dancing, or secretly tapping under the table, don’t be afraid to move!
Director, BMF Band Program