Forte and Piano Improvisation

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


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