by Deborah Spiegel MT-BC

I was recently reminded of this movement led music experience I first experienced at a music camp years ago.

Choose a leader.    First she tells the group to choose an instrument.  Instruments consist of drums and various percussion instruments.

She instructs the drummers to only play when she moves her right hand.

She instructs the people with tamborines to only play when she moves her left foot.

She instructs the people with wood blocks to only play when she moves her right foot.

etc.

The leader “conducts” the music with those various body parts.  The leader can add dynamics, by stomping for loud (forte) or tiptoe for quiet (piano) and other similar movements with other body parts.

Then switch leaders.

This takes mindful awareness, real focus on the leader and control to play only when you are supposed to.  It usually creates lots of participation and laughter.

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