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ERIC Number: EJ852196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1069-7446
The Essential Connection between Rhythm and Movement
Perlmutter, Adam
Teaching Music, v17 n1 p48 Aug 2009
It is the most fundamental aspect of music, yet so many students struggle with rhythm. How does one effectively teach budding young musicians to properly feel and read the rhythms all around them? Eileen Benedict, vocal music specialist at the Edith L. Slocum School in Ronkonkoma, New York, finds it best to start teaching her young students not through notation but through something more natural: movement of the human body. In this article, the author describes how Benedict teaches the essential connection between rhythm and movement by using a multistep process beneficial to students' understanding of the rhythms in a piece. She has the students: (1) study the music silently; (2) share what they see, such as the number of measures, the time signature, and number of rests; (3) chant the rhythms; (4) chant and clap the rhythms; (5) audiate the rhythms and clap; (6) sing the melody on solfege; and (7) add words, games, and instruments as required. This process not only helps students learn the rhythms in a given piece, but also helps them gain an awareness of the basic rhythms that are common to different meters. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York