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Lesson Plans

Re: Art & Music

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Stephanie Ignazio (smi)
Thu, 8 Apr 1999 18:06:12 -0400

Forgive me for not remembering how the art/music posting got started..but I
wanted to share some things I have been doing to incorporate the two. In my
graduate program we work the "other arts" into our art curriculum. This
seemed daunting at first..but it really makes alot of sense and is really
fun...even for us croaking frog voices out here! One of the first things I
did was begin my African unit with my third graders with an african
welcoming song..gave a "wonderful" voice demonstration and we sang all
together..we also gave everyone a chance to sing and offer their voices,
hearts, thoughts and dreams..its a historical and current reference to the
african culture. Then we all settled back and created our artwork, while
music from Ghana played in the background. The kids were more inspired, on
task, remembered more and generally had a full good time. (I'm convinced it
must have been my wow-ing singing voice..hahaha) Today I introduced a lesson
on body positioning with my fourth grade. Trying to get their people to look
movable and "real" was the underlying objective..but I snuck it in through
the music of "Grease". We talked about the culture through out the years
enjoting the music..its sentimentality and of course its fantastic moving
and groovin' melodies. Then we formed a group and "greased lighten'ed"
around the room. THEY LOVED IT!! I had a group with me in front and we were
dancing.....the focus was how many different ways we could get ourt bodies
to pay attention to the ways our bodies moved to the melodies.
After the song..I introduced the project and they were extrememly
receptive...a project that could've been a snoozer was a HIT. I overheard
the kids in after school saying they had the "best class EVER" I couldn't
help but smile. So, my overlying message is..don't be afriad to have fun. To
let your hair down and twist! Music and Art are very "close relatives" as I
explain to the kids..ENJOY. For me, what started out as an experiment on how
to coordiante my own learning in grad school to my teaching has led to an
inspirational feeling that is very exciting....and god, knows we can all use
the stress relief that music and dancing can give us. Oh, 6th
grade we're doing the "disco era"...I'm having flashbacks. hahaha They have
given me the nickname...the "dancing queen". I'm not sure if this all
relates to the posting...but I thought I'd share! Stephanie