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Entries Tagged as 'music'

A musical — with dance, of course

July 2nd, 2011 · 1 Comment · dance arts integration into academic subjects

My students were thrilled to do a musical! Speaking lines! Acting! Being characters — & fairy tale characters at that! Singing! Dancing! We were using the musical Character Matters, by Ron Fink & John Heath at the Bad Wolf Press. It’s a great resource: script, teacher’s guide, CD with songs & intrumental accompaniment. A fun […]

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Lesson plan: Let’s do an improvisation!

January 2nd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Lesson Plans

Context: In my years of teaching classroom teachers how to use movement in the classroom, I’ve always cautioned, “Never put on music & just tell the kids to dance!”  That would be wild-party-time not dance education, and the resulting chaos would likely discourage anyone from inviting dance into the classroom. This year, however, I’ve been […]

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Contagious fun: Liverpool Street Subway Station Dance

March 3rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

And the whole point was to infect people with dance: Liverpool Street Subway Station Dance, on January 15, 2009 and the creative impulse behind it Watch both videos!

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Music for Dancers — 1st & 2nd Grade

February 16th, 2009 · Comments Off · Lesson Plans

January was all about music, by way of percussion (see my previous post on Arts Worriers). In planning classes (dance, theatre, or music), I keep in mind the 3 categories of Vocabulary & Concepts, Skills, & Ensembles.  It helps me keep track of my goals and our progress toward them. In a specific lesson, these […]

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Arts Worrier: teaching theatre & music for dancers

February 8th, 2009 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

A number of years ago, when I first started teaching as a certificated dance educator, I heard someone (I don’t know who it was) say, “Every school needs an arts worrier.”  That’s someone who worries about ensuring that the kids get a well-rounded exposure to the 4 arts disciplines.  Someone who thinks about offering comprehensive, […]

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