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The Monster Mash

Posted by lbbartolomeo on October 20, 2012

My students love this classic song.

The FORM:  Intro A B A B C A B A B A B Coda       All sections are 8- 4/4 measures.

A-verses, B-chorus, C-Bridge

Movement Idea: 

Start lying down. On Intro, slowly stand up, walk like Zombies on A and C, do hand jives on B, slowly lie back down on Coda.

Rhythm Band

The great steady beat makes it perfect for reading rhythms to rhythm band.

Primary can just keep a steady beat using different non-pitched percussion.

Intermediate can manipulate different given patterns for A, B, C.  I use these patterns:  4 quarter notes, 3 quarters and 1 quarter rest, quarter note quarter rest quarter note quarter rest, etc.

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Halloween (H-A-double L-O)

Posted by lbbartolomeo on October 19, 2012

This is an oldie goldie with fun singing and movement possibilities.  Here’s the video.

Form:
Introduction A Interlude B Interlude A Interlude C Interlude A Coda

INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS

The introduction, interludes, and coda are all the same instrumental music. It’s on these instrumental parts where I like to have movement.  Students get in groups and come up with 8 slow movements. (It is 8 measures of a fast 3/4)

A SECTION

Great fun with students spelling out the letters to the word Halloween with their fingers.

H is thumb tips touching and pointer fingers pointing up like you’re making a football goal post.

For A, keep the H and put your pointer fingers together to form the top point of the  A.

Double L is simply both hands making an L shape. (yes one will look backwards, but hey!!!)

O is just circle your hands into an O shape.

W is like the H but your thumbs lift up to form the inner part of the W.

E is three fingers turned sideways, using both hands. (again one is backwards)

I gave up on N and just drew it in the air!!!

B and C SECTION

The two verses here can be swaying or walking like a zombie or an endless number of simple moves.  I like to keep it simple because it goes into the instrumental portions with their created movement and I want them to be ready.

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Halloween Round

Posted by lbbartolomeo on October 18, 2012

Take the classic round “Ah Poor Bird”, which is minor and perfect for Halloween and change the words.     https://songwheel.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/batpumpkin.jpg?w=300

“Pumpkin eyes, glowing bright, bats and other creatures fly through the night.”

For movement, get in a circle and on macro beat take two steps in, two out, claw scratch up high twice w/right hand, twice w/left.

An alternate idea is two steps in, two steps out, then flap bat wings while stepping in a slow personal circle. (4 steps)

Here’s the music.

A Winter Version

       Winter wind, through the trees, snowing blowing weather can make you freeze!

MOVEMENT

Winter wind  (arms go sweeping to the front and up to shoulder level, then down)

Through the trees (repeat above motion)

Snowing blowing weather (arms straight over head with flutter fingers for the snow, arms slowly come down as it “snows”)

Can make you freeze. (rub arms like you are cold)

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