I had such a delightful time this morning with my Kindergarten class.
I was introducing (or reviewing) the musical symbols for loud (forte-f) and soft (piano-p.)
We were playing drums, and after choosing sounds and playing the musical patterns, I set up an improvisation experience.
I asked all the students to keep playing “piano”, while I pointed to individuals to play “forte”. We tried it a couple of times, and we found the magic. Students joyfully played their “forte” improvisations when I pointed to them, and then resumed their role in the underlying layer of “piano.”
It was music, pure and simple.
© 2011 Kathryn Hardage