The 4/5s lesson is a 45-minute plan. The others are 60 minute lessons.
THIS IS TYPICALLY A DAY ONE LESSON. That accounts for the “Getting To Know You” activity at the top of the lesson for the two younger groups, before the warm up.
I always start with Place as a Day One lesson, to teach the difference between in-place and traveling movement. HOWEVER, when I teach in an early childhood site, I do not get to traveling movement on the first day (and often not for several lessons). Under those circumstances, I am interested in cultivating the body control and concentration that is necessary for successful teaching.
In my studio classes, however, we have a BIG ROOM, a SMALL GROUP, and AN ASSISTANT, which makes a huge difference.
Music resources are generally:
- All my CDs
- Contrast and Continuum Vol. I – IV by Eric Chappelle (pairs with Anne Green Gilbert’s concept-based approach, that I use) I use the abbreviation C & C, then refer to the Volume and the Track on that Volume (e.g. C & C Vol II #11)
- Gradual Motion by Peter Jones (good, general warm up music for modern dance)
- Music by Shenanigans (Dance Music for Children, and others as indicated)
- Music by the New England Dancing Masters (Jump Jim Joe, and others as indicated)
- Later lessons will also reference:
- Music for Dancers by Kerri Lynn Nichols (different rhythms, pulses and patterns)
- Various folk dances, including some from Sanna Longden – http://www.folkstyle.com
All of these resources are available directly from the artists or from West Music, except Peter Jones. Google his name and the title to get a link.
Prop resources include:
- yoga mats cut into square (1/8″ mats; one mat = 10 squares). yogadirect.com has lots of colors and good price.
- small traffic cones
- chiffon scarves from Seattle Display and Costume. Good quality and price. Bright colors and don’t fray. Long-lasting. (http://displaycostume.reachlocal.net/store/Chiffon.html)
- Later lessons will also reference other props including:
- pool noodles cut into 1 ft. lengths (with any kitchen knife)
- tambourine and stick. I like the Remo Economy with 10″ head and a double row of jingles, I play it with a soft-headed mallet.This is a must for cuing transitions, getting the children’s attention, playing the pulse.
- YOU MAY ALSO WANT…..
- pitched percussion – temple blocks. A pentatonic scale. Played with two sticks. If you have any good, inexpensive sources….please share. The blocks run upwards of $175. The are generally mounted on a stand. My woodblocks came from a sale at a music store and were deeply discounted.
- soprano recorder. I use this for transitions (as a clean up time cue after free dance at the beginning of class) and for movement quality contrast.