Friday, December 6, 2013

Jingle WHAT?

I LOVE this time of year and especially love "Jingle Bells". There are many musical concepts and skills you can teach with this song! Here are a few ideas:

1.  Rhythm, Form, and Movement:

 Using instrumental accompaniment, students clap rhythm of "A" and patsch "B".  Great for reviewing eighth, quarter note rhythms and syncopation! Perfect Binary Form piece to explore moving one way for "A" and another for "B".

2.  Unpitched Percussion Play Along:

 Students seated in a circle, each with an unpitched percussion instrument in front of them.  During the "A Section" they pass instruments right to a half note beat (say, "pass", "hold" and they will pass a total of 8 times).  With the instrument they get on the 8th pass, they will  play the rhythm of  "B" (jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way... ").

3. Unpitched Percussion Timbre Tantrum:

 Students divided into 4 groups. I like to place hula hoops on the floor with drums inside one, rhythm sticks in another, metals in another and shakers in another. 
Drums play rhythm of "jingle bells"
Metals (break out the jingle bells) for 2nd "jingle bells"
Woods on "jingle all the"
Shakers for "way".
 Great to teach how to shake through 4 beats on "way".
On "Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh" everyone plays 8 beats together.
Back to drums, metals, woods, then shakers, then everyone plays together again for the final 8 beats of "B".

4.  Rhythm Vs. Beat:  The Showdown:

Print out 2 signs saying "Rhythm" and on the back "Beat".  Hand out jingle bells or other unpitched percussion.  Divide class in half, each half follows one of the signs you will be holding.  Play/sing the song, they follow the sign, switch every phrase or however often you want. 

Hope this gives you some ideas.. there are soooo many!!!

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