A music and movement educator to know about
I just discovered an early music educator named Judy Caplan Ginsburgh.
Check out her website (http://www.judymusic.com) to watch her 15 minute in-service in which she teaches music and movement activities.
One of the songs is called “Everybody’s Got a Little Music in ‘Em.” I’d heard this song before, by Rabbi Joe Black.
Judy uses the form and melody of “Everybody’s Got a Little Music in ‘Em” to teach elements of music.
Download the song at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sing-along-smile-with-judy/id6069397
Here’s how she front-loads the song/activity.
“You are going to be a music band. Your body will be the instrument. Experiment with your making sounds on your body – only your body, no one else’s. Use your hands by clapping, snapping, tapping, and patting your body like an instrument. You can make sounds with your tongue by la-la-la ing during the singing part.
Every group of musicians has a boss. The boss is called the director or the conductor. A conductor signals when to make sound or movement and when to stop. When I move my baton like this (wave baton) that means ‘move and make sound’. When I do this (signal stillness) that means ‘stop, hands down and listen’.
Let’s learn a little bit about music.”
Verse – Leader: Everybody’s got a little music in ‘em, music in ‘em, music in ‘em,
Everybody’s got a little music in ‘em, I can hear it when you sing (cue group to join)
Chorus – Group: La, La (and make body percussion)
2) Rhythm (rhythm is the beat)… when you sing and play
3) Melody (melody’s the tune)
Adapt this for dance elements (and write more for different elements)
Everybody’s got a little dance in ‘em
I can see it when you (bounce and twist)
2) Level … I can see it when you move high and low
3) Size … I can see it when you get big and small
4) Pathway…. I can see it when you move curved and straight
4a) Pathway…. I can see it when you zig and zag
5) Everybody’s got some di-rec-tion in ‘em… I can see it when you move side to side
5a) Everybody’s got some di-rec-tion in ‘em… I can see it when you move up and down
5b) Everybody’s got some di-rec-tion in ‘em… I can see it in your for-ward and back
6) Everybody’s got a little dance in ‘em, I can see it when you (sway and turn)
Judy also has a really sweet song called “Colors in My World” which she does with multicolored streamers. It could also be done with scarves.
Colors in My World
Scarf Dance to Beautiful Music
Download the song at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/youre-amazing/id199179750
(Disaster-proofing: “If I see these magic scarves being used a certain way that isn’t safe, they are going to magically disappear.”)
Chorus: There are colors all around, colors like a rainbow, lots of colors in my world (2x)
During the chorus options: twirl, sway, up and down, move them like a rainbow, change hands
There is blue for the sky, where the birds fly way up high….
There is yellow for the sun, when it shines we play and have fun….
There is green for the grass, where we really shouldn’t throw trash….
There is red for the flowers, they grow tall when the rain showers….
During the verse: If you have that colored scarf hold it up and show to everyone on your verse. Or everyone has colored streamers and each person holds up that color in the streamer on the appropriate verse.
Thank you Judy for your lovely ideas!
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