Folk Dances and Play Parties - A Sequence
Presented by Dr. Brian Michaud
Saturday, September 22, 9am-1pm
The Gordon School, 45 Maxfield Avenue, East Providence, RI
$20 for RIMEA or OAKE members, $25 for non-members
Checks made payable to RIMEA
Visit https://www.rimea.org/forms/michaud/ for more information
Make your classes come alive in this workshop co-sponsored with Boston Area Kodály Educators (BAKE). Participants will sing and dance their way through a sequential approach to teaching folk dances and play parties that are appropriate for kindergarten through middle school students. Just as with musical concepts, dance moves can be presented in a spiraling curriculum so that each grade becomes more confident and adept at performing folk dances. We will explore the musical and cultural significance of the various dances so that the students are not just “learning steps” but rather experiencing culture and gaining understanding of why folk dance exists. Integrated into the folk dance sequence is a music literacy component so that the play party material will fit well into a Kodály-based curriculum.