IDEAScarf Music Advanced Tracks

$8.00

IDEAS Music was created especially for kids, as a tool for developing knowledge and skills in many disciplines. Used in an integrated way, each piece is a vehicle for learning in music, language arts, movement, visual representation, and mapping/math. There is potential for both interpersonal and intrapersonal growth, as well as development of problem solving and creative/critical thinking skills.

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  1. Magic Sound March (1:52)
  2. Echoes (1:50)
  3. Butterfly Conversation (1:46)
  4. Mirrors (1:32)
  5. Circle Dance (2:22)

IDEAS Music was created especially for kids, as a tool for developing knowledge and skills in many disciplines. Used in an integrated way, each piece is a vehicle for learning in music, language arts, movement, visual representation, and mapping/math. There is potential for both interpersonal and intrapersonal growth, as well as development of problem solving and creative/critical thinking skills.
Composed by Linda Worsley, each of the ten ear-catching pieces captures the child’s attention while you choose the focus of the lesson. Using different styles and instrument combinations, Linda has created contrasting moods and possibilities for exploration. Each piece is a sort but complete whole, childlike without being childish or trite.

Children deserve the best quality sounds, so they become discriminating listeners. Recording was done in the same studios used by famous bands and demanding performers, and mixed using the newest digital technology. Synthesized and acoustic sounds are blended to create warm, rich, real music. IDEAS created these pieces to honor children’s right to quality and developmentally appropriate learning tools. When you use quality materials, you will find yourself engaged right along with the kids. Enjoy them together!

Meet the Music

1. Magic Sound March
Magic Sound March is through-composed, with lively march tunes spinning over time. This piece is designed to build attentive listening by introducing a magic sound, played by a horn, heard first in isolation, then at predictable points, and finally at less predictable time. This provides a chance for students to practice marching, while using their scarves or a movement to flick, dab, point or toss with the steady beat. At first, just march with scarves and freeze every time the magic sound is heard. On another listening, march, then turn a new direction on each magic sound, then make a new pathway through shared space, using scarves, flags, paper – use your imagination with props.

2. Echoes
An echo is an exact imitation of sound, movement, or image. Children learn by imitation. Echoes is in ABABA form. The A section contains beautiful, flowing echoes, while the B section has no echoes. Listen to the music first, and have students raise a hand when they hear the echo. Then, as a group, have students echo you as you move your scarf during the A sections and then create/improvise movements for the B sections. Now, have pairs of students decide who will be leader and echo, then move to Echoes with scarves, with all students improvising during the B sections. On another listening, change roles for leader and echo.

3. Butterfly Conversation
Did you ever wonder what it might sound like if butterflies “talked” to one another? Their conversation might include questions and answers, each butterfly taking turns speaking and listening. Butterfly Conversation is a musical version of that scene. The piece is in AABAABAcoda form, with fluttering butterfly introduction and interludes. Listen for a four-measure question, followed by a four-measure answer. In the B section they are two measures each. First have students watch y9uo move to create the question and they move the answer. Discuss how their movement answers should contain part of your movement question. On another listening, have pairs create a scarf conversation, then switch roles. Conversations may also be performed with butterfly puppets attached to hands, kites, or ribbons. Experiment!

4. Mirrors
A mirror image occurs when two people move the same way at exactly the same time. Mirrors is a jazzy piece with phrases that move in opposition. Every phrase, including the four-bar introduction, interlude, coda, and every two-bar phrase within the piece is a mirror, both rhythmically and melodically. In pairs, one leads as another creates an opposite motion, first at the same time, then delayed two bars. Movements should reflect the mood of the piece. This activity requires intense concentration and builds interpersonal understanding. Have successful pairs share their work.

5. Circle Dance
Circle Dance has a Celtic feeling, just begging for movement. Its form is cumulative, with the A section being a common repeated theme, and subsequent sections presented alone, then one added to previous ones: A B A C[CB] A D [DC][DCB] A E [ED][EDC][EDCB] A. Explore movements for the A section, then create a whole group circle dance for A. Break into smaller circles, each interpreting Bk C, D or E. All move together on A, then each group move when their unique section is heard.