Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Story of Ferdinand

Once upon a time we performed the Story of Ferdinand as an improvised opera!  
Author, Munro Leaf wrote this parable for his 5 year old son in 1936 during the civil war in Spain.  

It's a story about a peaceful, nature-loving bull who prefers sitting and smelling the flowers rather than fighting and butting heads like the other little bulls.  

I incorporated some of Manuela Widmer's ideas (shared at the national Orff conference many years ago) with my facilitation of the musical drama.  Manuela is an Orff teacher from the Orff Institute in Salzburg.  I found her ideas incredibly workable for my style of teaching.

Imagine, a class of 5 & 6 year olds...full of energy and ideas!
I sang the story to the children with operatic vowels and vocal trills, etc...

They were mesmerized at first and then they started joining in on the word  "flooooooowwwwwers".

That's all they needed and they were ready!  

Some of the kids wanted to be in the Orchestra and some wanted to act out the various roles.  They chose their favorite places and after we performed we switched up and everyone tried a new part.  

Orchestra parts include:
  1. flower music - glockenspiels and metallophones (I set them up ahead of time in C pentatonic)
  2. hop gallop music of the bulls - shakers, woods and drums
hop gallop gallop gallop
hop gallop gallop gallop
hop gallop gallop gallop
hop hop hop  OLE!

  1. Ferdinand's walking music - drums
  2. Ferdinand's sitting music - drums
  3. Ferdinand's jumping about music - drums
  4. the bee buzz and sting sounds - kazoos and
  5. 5 men from Madrid walking music - woods

Acting/singing roles include (this is an opera!):
  • narrator (singing like an opera star)  "Once upon a time in Spain..."
  • chorus (whole class)
  • hop gallop speech piece
  • Ferdinand
  • Ferdinand's mom
  • the other little bulls - play fighting with their hands used as horns on top of their heads
  • 5 men from Madrid - walking through the room side by side...
  • flowers
  • bullfighters

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The Amazing Body Percussion List

The Body Percussion List

What to do with this list?  
I'd play an echo game
  • you clap, they echo your clap
  • you snap, they echo your snap
  • it's an ear/eye training but it's playful...have fun!
  • one day, I'll make a video...and post it in our Growing Grounded Kids Community!  (join us!)

listed in general from high pitches to low pitches
tongue clicks
tongue clacks
full hand clap
2-finger clap
4-finger clap 
hand slide (clap with a slide) 
patschen (tap thighs)
alternate patschen (right leg, left leg)
tap top of hand
tap tummy
tap taut hollow cheeks

rub hands
rub thighs
rub face
rub arms

drag fingers - also try dragging hand upside down
drum fingers on a body part

drag feet
slide feet
hand to foot clap
slap foot

2-foot clap

B/P with a partner
partner clap (clap your partner's hands)
hip bump with a partner

Body Percussion Patterns
in 3 time, 5 time, 7 and 9 time. (a la Keith Terry)

1 = Clap

3 = Clap Chest Chest  (ladies may rather hit their stomach)

5 = Clap Chest Chest Leg Leg

7 = Clap Chest Chest Leg Leg Back of leg Back of leg
9 = Clap Chest Chest Leg Leg Back of leg Back of leg Stamp Stamp 

B/P patterns in 2 time 
(combine for 3, 4, 5, 6 time)

Z = rest

2 time 
clap  clap
snap snap
pat pat
stomp stomp
clap Z
snap Z
pat Z
stomp Z

clap snap
clap stomp
clap pat
Z clap

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