Child-friendly pop music lesson concepts

A easy approach to embrace pop music in your music classes is with a motion exercise. With my Okay-2 college students, I love to do an exercise known as “Observe me.” For this, I’ve college students observe my beat motions. I usually do a beat movement (i.e. tapping my head, tapping my shoulders, leaping up and down) for 8 beats, then transfer onto one other movement, and college students observe me. If college students are comfy retaining the beat, about midway by means of the music, I ask for volunteers to guide the beat motions. Tremendous enjoyable!
With my higher elementary college students, I’ve completed an exercise known as “Head Shoulders.” For this exercise, you’ve got six phrases on the board, reminiscent of “Head/ Shoulders/ Hammer/ Hen/ Knees/ Toes.” (For hammer, college students make fists with their arms and hit them on prime of one another, and for hen, college students flap their arms like a hen.) College students do every beat movement for 16 beats whereas listening to a music, then they do the beat motions for 8, then 4, then 2, then 1, so that every time they half the quantity of the beat motions. It’s totally enjoyable on the finish once we solely do 1 beat on every movement! Then, they’ll repeat. College students can counsel new beat motions, in order that they have voice and selection, and you are able to do it once more!