This methodological and educational path related to the learning of rhythm and ensemble music was freely inspired by the group of performers Mayumanà. Conducted in the primary school and addressed to open classes and mixed groups formed by maximum 30 students, the path was based on the presentation of rhythmic cells performed by moving one’s hands on a surface and by small gestures/movements aimed at composing a choreographic score to be performed as a rhythmic performance. The score was written completely by the students that put the various cells together in a specific order, within groups conducted for cooperative learning and laboratory didactics.
In order to make the methodological and educational path possible, it was necessary to have: an IWB or a computer, supporting surfaces (desks, chairs, crates, benches), stones and/or wooden sticks. The setting of the path was a closed space (classroom, laboratory) where positions were organized for tutoring, peer to peer and cooperative learning. The rhythmic performance can be represented anywhere.
The skills, goals and training objectives selected by the teacher for this experience are shown below.
The students learned how to:
- organize rhythmic combinations;
- improvise in a creative way;
- perform rhythmic cells on their own or in group, by moving their hands on a surface and in the space;
- participate in a performance respecting the rhythmic combinations learned.
The various competences involved were as follows: communication in one’s mother tongue; learning to learn; interpersonal, intercultural and civic competences; cultural sensitivity and artistic expression (artistic and musical). In particular, with regard to rhythmic production: development of the ability to produce music extemporarily, on the basis of a pre-arranged scenario and respecting shared rules; development of the ability to express musical ideas putting form, sonorous and rhythmic effects together
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