Teaching ideas

24th March 2006 at 00:00
* Don't feel you have to get all the "proper" instruments before you start.

* Do enrol in some percussion classes.

* Do start with lots of rhythmic chants, exercises and dance steps with your group.

* Do make a note of those children who have an innate sense of rhythm and make them section leaders.

* Do be strict with noise; Brazilian bands are very disciplined.

* Do find two children who can do the agogo parts with a little practice - once they are cracking on, the rest will follow.

* Do have fun. As soon as you can grasp the basics, stand up and move around the room. Samba is not static. Dance isn't separate from music in Brazil - it's all part of the same thing. So get dancing as you play.

Rhythms to use

Break down the rhythms into really easy parts, for example:

* Soudo SAM (rest) BAH! (rest) (the leader also plays whistle).

* Agogo WOULD YOU LIKE A CUP OF TEA

* Hand drums ONE (rest) TWO (rest) THREE (rest) ALLIGATOR

* Maracas (shaking) UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN (make this very physical)

* Tambourine WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS (rest) OK!

* Create breaks from any other chants you know.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now