ERIC Number: ED226541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Whistlestopping: How to Create a Dance & Music Experience for the Disabled.
Gilbert, Debbie; Petroff, Joanne
The manual describes the value and processes of music and dance improvisation with disabled students. The experiential nature of improvisation is said to allow the student to explore choices and alternatives. Teachers are given general guidelines, including to be prepared to try anything, to be positive and enthusiastic, and to give constructive criticisms. The roles of students and assistants in the improvisations are briefly addressed, as are the space, class configurations, time, props, and music. Procedures for creating lesson plans are reviewed, and the elements of dance (space, time, shape, energy, and awareness) are explained. A discussion of warmups is followed by 10 sample lesson plans that deal with such aspects as space and volume, movement qualities, and composition. Specific strategies are offered for teaching students with cerebral palsy, emotional disabilities, hearing impairments, learning disabilities, physical orthopedic disabilities, mental retardation, and visual impairments. A bibliography including records, films, and resource organizations is appended. (CL)
Descriptors: Dance, Dance Therapy, Disabilities, Lesson Plans, Movement Education, Music Activities, Self Expression, Teaching Methods, Theater Arts
Whistlestop Dance Co., P.O. Box 20801, Seattle, WA 98102 ($4.00 for postage and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Whistlestop Improvisational Dance Co., Seattle, WA.
Note: The document was funded by the Washington Association of Retarded Citizens Research Trust Fund, United Cerebral Palsy of King and Snohomish Counties, and SAFECO.