This month, Kindergarten worked hard to play djembe drums or hand drums to a steady beat. They practiced alternating hands as they played. They later added rhythms on rhythm sticks to the drums to play two different parts of the piece at once!
First graders are already pros at the steady beat, so they reviewed what a steady beat sounds like, and then took it to the next level. They improvised original pieces of music which sometimes used a steady beat, and other times had no steady beat. They practiced watching the conductor to know when they could play without the steady beat and when they all needed to play a steady beat together. Some students even tried conducting the music as the students improvised.