Junior Music at Home 20
Cushion drumming | Singing: Mexican Wave
Enjoy these structured musical activities that we have prepared especially for you to continue your learning at home...
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1. Cushion Drumming
Join in with this YouTube video from Mrs. Durrant that will develop your coordination and rhythm skills.
What to do
- Find | You will need a cushion and two sticks (wooden spoons, chopsticks or similar will be fine!) for this activity
- Learn | Learn the basic drumming patterns and then play along in a pop song style
- Create your own | Invent your own patterns to play along to a backing track
- Recap | What does 'keeping a steady beat' mean? You need to listen closely to stay in time with the backing track
- One thing at a time... | It is important to get the patterns secure before playing along to the full backing track
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3. Singing: Mexican Wave
This is a fun echo song all about a Mexican Wave. If you don't know what one is, take a look at this World Record breaking Mexican Wave at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, USA with over 150,000 people!
What to do
- Practice | You may find it useful to practise saying the words rhythmically. Tapping the rhythm of the words and saying them at the same time really helps secure the more challenging syncopated rhythms.
- Challenge | Create a new set of lyrics using the names of people in the class. Pupils will need to be aware of how many syllables are in their name to create a suitable question or statement that fits the rhythms.
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