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Name Games
Activities for Rhythmic Development
By Doug Goodkin
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47 pages 

Activities for rhythmic development for elementary through middle school students. All of the material may be extended to any combination of instruments - Orff or other. The games are adaptable across all age levels and proceed from simple to complex. Each game lists a skill required for successful playing (and which can be developed through repeated playing), such as maintaining one's part in a multi-layered rhythmic texture or translating speech to spoken notation. Each game highlights a music concept such as duration values or meter and lists variations and author comments.   

For elementary to middle school.    

Contents: Listing of games, with (concept covered):

  • Name Rhythm (duration values and upbeats)
  • Name Phrases (rhythm and beat, anacrusis, rhythmic phrasing)
  • Layering Name Rhythms (complementary rhythms, timbre, diminishing pattern)
  • Layering Name Rhythms - Extensions (complementary rhythms, timbre)
  • Syllable Grouping (duration values, rhythmic accent)
  • Syllable Grouping - Extensions (duration values)
  • Positive and Negative (complementary rhythms, sound/silence interplay)
  • Spelling Name (meter)
  • Sound of First Letter (character of each sound, alliteration)
  • Name Stories (polymeter)
  • Dramatic Alliteration (alliteration)
  • Name and Gesture (body language, individuality, articulation)
  • Rhythmic Notation (identifying duration values)
  • First and Last Names (complementary rhythms, combining monorhythm and polyrhythm)
  • Full Name and Birthday (positive and negative space, texture)
  • Birthday Groups (ABC form)
  • Personal Favorite (cumulative form)
  • Rhymed Couplets (phrase length)
  • Icky Bicky Soda Cracker (phrase length)
  • Rumplestiltskin (synthesis of previous material)

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I have always enjoyed having students make music with their names, and this provided some new ideas to try.
Muriel M H on Mar 9, 2013

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