Activities for the Percussion Circle
By Doug Goodkin
Elementary and middle school
This book is based on Dr. Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences and his book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Descriptions of each intelligence are given at the beginning of each section. The activities are offered as ideas for group composition and improvisation that are concrete, understandable, tangible, and tactile. The games offer tangible evidence of ways in which intelligences are both separate and interconnected - useful for teachers in any field. Each activity offers suggestions for classroom applications. There are also "music extensions" with suggested listening examples and reflective activities.
Introduction- The Musical Playground: Multiple Intelligences, Percussion Instruments, How to Use This Book, Acknowledgements.
Section 1- Games for Choosing Instruments: Old King Glory, Sally Go 'Round the Sun, Son Macaron, Paw-Paw Patch, Johnny Works with One Hammer.
Section 2- The Musical Intelligence: Passing Sounds - Beat, Passing Sounds - Meter, Passing Sounds - Multiple Beats, Instrumental Grouping/ Group Improvisation, Echo Rhythm, Call & Response, Question/ Answer, Simultaneous Canon.
Section 3- The Linguistic Intelligence: Name Rhythms, Names of Instruments, Nursery Rhyme - Bow-Wow, Percussive Poems - Gata Tumba, Percussive Poems - Son Macaron 2, Percussive Poems - Debajo de un Boton, Percussive Poems - Okino Taiko, Middle Eastern Drum Language.
Section 4- The Logical-Mathematical Intelligence: 4-Level Canon, Poetic Structure, Sound Allowance, Coming Together.
Section 5- The Visual-Spatial Intelligence: Conductor, Instrument Shape, Instrument Sculpture, Graphic Notation, Kinesthetic Graphic Notation, Rhythmic Notation.
Section 6- The Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence: Frame Drum Technique, Back Drumming, Blind Playing, Accompanying Dance, Moving with Instruments.
Section 7- The Personal Intelligences: Instruments as Props, Percussive Storytelling, Preferred Instruments.
Coda- The Drummers in Golden Gate Park; About the Author.
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