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Get Kids Moving, Learning, Behaving
Music teachers have always known that movement is an essential part of our music classes. Dalcroze Eurhythmics teaches concepts of rhythm, structure, and musical expression using movement. (as is common in Orff and Kodaly approaches) In this article, I’m going to give examples of music to teach concepts, and movement to “get the wiggles out.” Kids today have a much harder time staying focussed and attention spans are really short. Giving kids in your music classes a quick movement break is great for moving to the beat AND great for getting the wiggles out. As the countdown to the end of the school year progresses, behavior worsens. A fast paced music lesson, with frequent movement breaks to wear them out, will help to manage the behaviors in your classroom.
Researcher Terrence Dwyer is one of many who have conducted multiple studies suggesting that exercise supports success in school. His research found that exercise improves classroom behavior and academic performance (Dwyer, Sallis, Blizzard, Lazarus, & Dean, 2001). An excellent article – Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain – is found here: https://www.edutopia.org/blog/move-body-grow-brain-donna-wilson.
A very quick exercise that can help focus your students is Superbrain Yoga. In research doing this simple exercise improved test scores of ADHD children by more than 20%. It takes about 3 minutes of class time – a small amount of time if it will help your students to pay attention! Find Info Here
In Musicplay, there are many movement activities. I added many new movement activities to Musicplay for Kindergarten in the 2013 revision. (Updated lessons are online at www.musicplayonline.com. If you have a pre-2013 version, send a photo of your guide and I can send you the new guide as a PDF. email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Movement Activity 1 – Move and Stop (Musicplay for Kindergarten)
Objective: beat/no beat, same/different, quiet/loud, fast/slow
This is an example of a movement activity to teach concepts. In this movement activity, the students will explore moving when the teacher plays the woodblock or drum. When the teacher stops playing, the students stop and freeze. Tell the students, “Make your feet do what the drum plays. When the drum stops, you stop.” Each pause should be a different length. Students love the anticipation that builds while they wait for you to play a new pattern. Ask the students to tell you when there is a beat and when there is no beat. Mix up the patterns. Sometimes play the same pattern twice. Vary the length of the patterns. Play the patterns at different tempos. Try playing with different dynamic levels and observe if the students respond with movement to show the different dynamics. Repeat this activity frequently. Later, try playing a piece of instrumental music and have students move when you play it, and stop when you pause.
The Jig Jig Jiggles is a great movement break and is great for reinforcing steady beat, and for teaching about fermata.
I got the jig jig jig jig jiggles. I got the jig jig jig jig jiggles.
My momma and my daddy want me to be still….. But I love the jig jiggles and I always will!
I got the wig wig wig wig wiggles. I got the wig wig wig wig wiggles
My momma and my daddy want me to be still….. But I love the wig wiggles and I always
Ooo feeling fine. I can’t get the jiggles out of my mind.
Oo oo feeling fine. I love the jig jiggles, do them all the time.
I got the hop hop hop hop hoppin. I got the hop hop hop hop hoppin.
My momma and my daddy want me to be still….. But I love the hop hoppin and I always will!
I got the bop bop bop bop boppin. I got the bop bop bop bop boppin.
My momma and my daddy want me to be still….. But I love the bop boppin and I always will!
Ooo feeling fine. I can’t get the jiggles out of my mind.
Oo oo feeling fine. I love the jig jiggles, do them all the time
WATCH a MOVIE of Jig Jig Jiggles
Source: Primary Dances and Singing Games – available as print book/CD or download .
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(This song will be posted to musicplayonline.com as part of Musicplay PreK)
MUSICPLAYONLINE.COM – NEW MOVEMENT SONGS
There are some new movement songs at www.musicplayonline.com
Musicplay PreK Pt 1 – #6
SHAKE IT TOGETHER
Shake and shake and shake it together. 3x
Everybody shake! Doo doo doo, Doo doo doo, Doo doo doo doo doo.
2. Jump and jump and jump it together, 3x
Everybody jump! Doo doo doo, Doo doo doo, Doo doo doo doo doo.
3. Twist and twist and twist it together, 3x
Everybody twist. Doo doo doo, Doo doo doo, Doo doo doo doo doo.
4. Hop and hop and hop it together, 3x
Everybody hop! Doo doo doo, Doo doo doo, Doo doo doo doo doo.
WATCH a MOVIE of SHAKE IT
There are some great movement songs for older students in Musicplay! Some of my favorites:
Musicplay 3 #37 We Come From Pluto. (Also in Action Songs Children Love Vol. 2)
Musicplay 4 – # 6 Chester (Also in Action Songs Children Love Vol. 3)
Musicplay 4 – #35 My Bonnie (Also in Action Songs Children Love Vol. 3)
Musicplay 5 – #95 We Love to Sing. (Also in Action Songs Children Love Vol. 2)
Musicplay 6 – #76 A Ram Sam Sam (Also in Action Songs Children Love Vol. 3) ACTION Song Download – USA site Canada site – Action Songs
Movement Songs Children Love is an old favorite collection of movement songs. – some of the songs are in Musicplay – if you don’t have Musicplay, this is a collection you’ll love! One Green Jellybean is a great song for Easter.
Source: Movement Songs Children Love – available as print book/CD or download USA Site: CANADA Site:
Movement to Classical Music –
Listening 1 #29 – play the Copycat Game or lead the students in different ways to keep the beat.
– a kids demo is available at www.musicplayonline.com “Keep Beat Kids”
Listening 1 #36 Gigue – there is a kids demo of the Copycat Game
Listening 1 #37 Gigue – there is a kids demo of the Copycat Game
There are many movement activities in the Listening Resource Kits (and the online site) that will get the kids exercising, keeping a beat, and helping their brains grow!
Moving to music is an essential part of your music classes. Use movement breaks to help the kids maintain focus and to wear them out enough that they’ll sit and listen for you.
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