IDEAScarf Music Intermediate

$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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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. Serenade
    Serenade provides a chance to try out different ways to move. Musical features are flowing phrases in a through-composed melody, with an exotic feeling. Listen for the sounds of oboe and clarinet. After experimenting individually and watching each other to build a repertoire of possible movements, have children mirror one another in pairs. Mirroring is done by one partner moving slowly to the music, and the other partner matching the movements exactly, as in a mirror. This activity requires intense concentration and builds interpersonal understanding at the same time.
  2. Echo Playground
    This joyful echo piece is inspired by the actions and sounds of the playground. Use the first listening to identify the sounds that remind the listener of a playground. It would be fun to echo-mime playground actions before listening, to build a repertoire of movements. On the first listening, just identify the sounds of the playground. The clarinet, flute and guitar play together, always playing a pattern then its echo. First it is follow-the-leader (clarinet), then the leader follows. Try moving in three groups, or groups of three, with one group or individual assigned to move for each instrument. Move to the ends of sections together.
  3. Jazz Triad
    Building on the three groups in Echo Playground, Jazz Triad is a playful interplay of keyboard, soprano sax and guitar. In three groups, or groups of three, have students choreograph a dance, with each group or individual moving to one of the instruments. Add scarves as part of the movement, or as costumes.
  4. Wind Song
    The introvert feeling of 3/ 4 meter, coupled with long phrases and the sound of clarinets and flutes give the flowing, lilting feeling of wind on a hill. Explore the upward and downward flow of the melody, as it unwinds on the musical landscape. As you move, notice the movements of others around you, and react to them.
  5. Contrasts
    This piece is a classic theme and variations. Variation 1 is slower, 2 gets faster, 3 is windy and twirly, 4 combines stoic pipe organ and rock guitar, the final culmination combines aspects of all previous variations. Create a movement to the theme then have individuals or groups create movement variations that keep the basic movement idea, but also reflect the musical characteristics of their particular variation.