I am a HUGE John Williams fan; he's brilliant and his musicality is astounding. Such powerful, memorable, and fitting melodies!
So, on to the activities:
- Imperial March with Steady Beat Swords
As I'm introducing the music, I ask the students about stories they might remember and play an excerpt of "We're Off to the See the Wizard", "Linus and Lucy", "William Tell Overture", and "Peter's Theme" from "Peter and the Wolf" among others. I will ask some questions about how they knew the music was connected to that story and what instruments, rhythms, tempo, etc. represent each character of the music. I will play a few seconds (all it takes!) of Imperial March and you can FEEL the excitement.. YES!
Main theme: Keep steady beat with a partner
Secondary theme: Jedi Knights sneaking and creeping (looking out for Storm Troopers).
Main theme: Find same partner, steady beat again.
With older students, instead of a simple beat pattern, give students in small groups of 3-4 time to create a 4 or 8-beat pattern; always fun and interesting to see who works well together and what they come up with!!!
2. Jimmy Fallon Star Wars Theme a capella
Wow, have you seen this? So many things you could talk about with this, especially the power of a capella singing!
3. Parachute Form Lesson
This is from the always awesome Cherie Herring, and is a great way to get those energy bugs out, especially after the long winter break! We all know how trying that first week back to school can be after all the sugar, late nights, travel, and off-schedule days, and we're just talking about us grownups here, never mind the KIDS! :)
Well, that's a few things to get you back in the swing of things, have fun and may the force be with you !