TRACK 1 EDUCATIONAL CONTENT from the guide
– Children listen to the piece and share what they have heard. Seated on the floor, they tap on the floor beside them the beats of the loud phrases and those of the soft phrases gently on their knees.
– Staying in two groups, facing each other, one is “f” and the other is “p”. Step the phrases, clap them or move with the music in place. Children are left free to choose two different ways of clapping, stepping or moving which correspond to the dynamics of the phrases.
– Show the phrases by a gesture of the arm and hand; the quality of this gesture will make visible the dynamic quality of each phrase (more energy, larger movement for loud phrases, less energy, smaller movement for soft phrases).
– Choose a movement of the whole body which corresponds to the phrase, and adapt this movement to the dynamic of the phrase.
– Children make a big circle, step forwards for the “forte” phrases and backwards for the “piano” phrases.
– With a partner: walk together (“f”) and apart (“p”), but still connected. How are one’s steps different for “f” and “p”? Younger children would enjoy the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, where the giant would be represented by the loud phrases and Jack by the soft phrases. Older children could choose a character and experiment with making this character “loud” or “soft”.
– With a partner: make gestures in place, interacting.
– In small groups or one at a time make a parade of characters. Teacher draws their attention to the crescendo which announces a reversal of dynamics.
From 5 years of age.