Over the years, I’ve shared about an expressive movement resource I use off and on during preschool lessons and early elementary group classes from John Feierabend called Move It!: Expressive Movements with Classical Music for All Ages.
The series includes 20 dances set to Classical works from Brahms’s “Waltz in A-flat” to Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet.” The movements reflect both the form and expressive quality of the music. They’re really fun, and my kids have always enjoyed them.
During COVID times, I found myself wanting to give a small assignment like this for my preschool kids to do at home. Unfortunately, the series I have is only available on DVD. So, I went searching for other options available online and quickly came across a large number of videos on YouTube.
These videos make for a fun and quick “focus activity” to use at the start of lessons or group classes for preschool or early to mid-elementary students.
You could also use them at the beginning of group lessons as you’re waiting for everyone to arrive for the class. Students can join in as they enter the studio.
Do it along to the video, or learn it yourself and have them follow you.
Symphony #1 (Prokofiev)
Waltz in A flat (Brahms)
Trois Gymnopedie 1 (Satie)
Ancient Airs and Dances (Respighi)
The Wedding of Kije (Prokofiev)
Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Sains)
Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saens)
Minute Waltz (Chopin)
Bagatelle “Fur Elise” (Beethoven)
The Comedians “Pantomime” (Kabalevsky)
Peer Gynt Suite “Anitra’s Dance” (Greig)
Violin Concerto in E (Bach)