I have not posted a blog in a while. I used this website as a project that needed to be used during university. When those days were over and I received a job, blogging has been the LAST thing on my mind. Now with the COVID-19 school shut downs, I find myself developing some online classes for my students (JUST in CASE!).
With all the hussle and bussle that our society has created, we often don’t have the time to share, create or do the things we love. This is one reason why I love teaching. I am able to do those things with the students.
I teach a lot of Art curriculum and to be honest, the students tend to put up a fight when it comes to Art in general. The kicker is always music, dance and drama. I am so glad that I got the opportunity to do this body percussion with the class before the school closures happened. We learned a lot about rhythm and ways we can use our body’s and sounds to create rhythm without having actual instruments like drums, cajons, tympany or jambe’s. We did the cup song rhythm as well as creating our own hand shakes to a 16 beat pattern. Our last assignment was to learn body percussion to the song “Something Just Like This” (Chainsmokers). We divided into small groups and learned the patterns slowly off of a youtube tutorial.
The students did AMAZING! I had so many idea’s. They did not show as much excitement. We had a conversation about what would excite them more about this so they could share in the fun with me. It came down to song choice. We ended up putting this combination of body percussion with a song they really loved and I finally saw the students light up. The song was not school appropriate, but I did not care, what I cared about was the kids enjoying what they were doing while learning, laughing and being engaged. We were also being a bit rebellious because we did it in the hallway. Watch below and enjoy!