(Part 4) The #1 Teaching Tool I Cannot Live Without
I am super excited to share “Hip-Hop (Focus Activity)” today.
This fun activity can be applied on so many levels –
from learning note values and subdivision
and technique drill
and percussion instrument fun
all the way to playing solo and duet on piano.
Let’s “hop” right in and see “Hip Hop” in action. This video packs all my favorite variations of Hip-Hop.
In this video, you’ll see
0:20 Two is double the fun
- Hold right hand out with palms up.
- Tap the beat with left hand in the partner’s palm.
- Tap twice as fast when hearing the word “hip”
- Tap twice as slow when hearing the word “hop”
1:00 Improvisation with Hip Hop
1:57 Fun for One
2:39 Learn music theory – the Hip Hop way
Concept: steady beat, subdivision, note values
Want something more tangible? How about adding some croaking, hopping frogs to spice up the “Hip Hop”. Inspired by Leila Viss’s frog guiro percussion instruments, I came up with the idea of having family of frogs croak the long and short sounds. Watch this 1-minute video and enjoy the frog ensemble.
More Focus Activities for You to Enjoy
Here are the links to the previous three focus activity videos:
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The activities are Dalcroze based and always require creative, quick and spontaneous reaction from the student. If you would like to learn more about Dalcroze Eurhythmics, please visit American Eurhythmics Society website. I regularly attend their workshop and always have an amazing experience each time!