Monday, December 3, 2012

Ribbon Choreography Made Easy

For some people, using ribbons with classes is great fun and exciting; for others it is painful; what to do with these things? To create easy and fun ribbon choreography, use these cards (I actually have about 10 pages of these.. use your imagination to create new patterns). First, determine the form of your piece, have students listen and brainstorm the mood of the piece and use a word wall or create a list of movements that reflect each section of the music. Perform with movements. Show ribbon choreography cards and have students determine how to move ribbons that reflect the mood of each section. Display cards in order of performance and then get ready! It often works well (particularly if you have a piece in rondo form) to have different groups of children move during specific sections of music- one group moves for "A", another for "B", and so on. Play the music and move and groove. This makes coming up with ways to move the ribbons easy peasy and the kiddos love creating! Have fun with them!

7 comments:

  1. I love these. What a great starting point if you haven't used ribbons often with your kids. Once they see your examples, it should be easy for them to create some of their own ways to use ribbons to match the music. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It is great fun and gives a little more structure when using ribbons/scarves! Thanks for your comment!

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  2. Great blog! I just became your latest follower. I love this idea of ribbon cards. This gives kids direction to create their own choreography. I'll be putting some of these together! Thanks for sharing the idea!

    -Steph at staytunedmusicteacher.blogspot.ca

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  3. Hi Steph and thanks for your comments. The ribbon choreography cards really help the teacher, too, to create movement for a piece of music and gives some "jumping off" places. Have fun with 'em!

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  4. I really love this! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  5. I'm looking for a couple of Earth Day songs for 2nd-3rd grades. Any ideas???

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    1. Have you looked on Music K-8 site? You can search there very easily! Also, I was sent a song that would be perfect just this week! It is all about trees and various kinds and has a wonderful feel to it!! It is Australian; from the Maori tribe. Send me a message if interested me at musicquilt@hotmail.com

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