The performance “TUMMI TUMMI CLAP CLAP” – based on sounds, rhythms and movements - was conducted by a primary school teacher during the students’ regular music lessons.
The path - whose title is based on words in the vernacular (Tummi Tummi means noise) - involved 29 students at the Comprehensive Institute Cerisano, throughout the entire academic year. The work, developed for open classes and cooperative learning, was based on the idea that words play and rhythms dance, thus on the discovery of the rhythmic-sonorous structuring of words, movements, gestures.
Starting from the presentation of the instrumental contents (non-sense, linguistic games, counting rhymes, poems, rap pieces), the educational and methodological offer mainly used proposals aimed at repetition, comparison and transformations up to the creative options of formulations and compositions; the field involved was the linguistic-expressive and methodological one of conscious learning.
The educational offer was characterized by creation and composition activities: the students had the possibility to formulate texts rhythmically through group movements and choreographies, and to use the space, furniture and instruments in order to create a performance.
An integrating part of the path consisted in the theme of inclusion.
Mobile positions: the space has to contain all the participants, who will be moving around. Therefore, it has to be a quite large environment, indoors or outdoors. It is necessary to have chairs, tables, plastic glasses, drumsticks, metal rhythmic instruments. The students have to have an instrument realized with two spoons anchored to a wooden peg: this instrument will be used in the performance of the piece “Acqua di Monte”; it is necessary to have a recorder to reproduce the pre-recorded accompaniment of the Rap on the Constitution. There are various pieces/actual sonorous pieces, which are special contents: group rhythmic games and the non-sense (searched for and proposed in the repertoire of the counting rhymes), nursery rhymes and poems, rhythmic performance (words, gestures, movements, choreographies).
The skills, goals and training objectives selected by the teacher for this experience are shown below.
The students learned how to:
- develop timbre, rhythmic and melodic combinations applying basic schemes;
- perform with the voice, the body and the homemade and self-made instruments;
- improvise freely and in a creative way and progressively, learning how to master techniques and materials;
- perform simple and complex rhythmic-sonorous pieces on their own, or in group.