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Sample Lesson: Exploring 6/8 Time

  Many people are curious about what a Dalcroze lesson might look like in a public school setting.  Here is a lesson taught to a third grade class that explores and experiences 6/8 time.  Students interact with each other, respond […]

Mixed Meter Lessons in 5th Grade

Over the past few weeks we’ve begun studying mixed and odd meters in our 5th Grade music class.  Some are surprised and even skeptical of the choice to study and perform pieces in meters like 7/8, 9/8, 10/8, etc.  After […]

“Carnival of the Animals” Plastique Program

Our 2nd graders annually present Saint-Saens orchestral suite “The Carnival of the Animals.”  We read poetry, create movement interpretations of the pieces, and sing related songs.  Here is a “highlight reel” of the movement interpretations that we have performed.

Teaching Music as a Language

I have always thought about teaching music in terms of language acquisition.  One of my most impactful experiences as a young musician was studying music with Dwayne Dolphin.  This master musician turned me on to the idea that music was […]

Melodic Metric Transformation

One activity that I love involves metric transformation.  We take a simple song, in this case “How Do You Do?” and sing it initially in 3/4 time.  We walk the beat and shake hands on the strong beat.  Then we […]