10 weeks of body percussion ideas - Week 8

3rd June 2019
Coordination challenge clapping game

Welcome back teachers! We hope you enjoyed your well-earned half-term break!

It's been 2 weeks since our last body percussion idea was posted (we've been camping over half-term). What better way to kick off the week with some fun, energising and engaging body percussion activities in the classroom? Whatever subjects your teaching, music is a great medium for enhancing learning in any area. We recommend throwing in a clapping game here and there to help engage and re-focus your class. 

Teachers often ask us if they can use our ideas, and the answer is always YES YES YES! We don't own them! Many of them we've picked up over the years from other teachers, music facilitators and the like. 

The way we see it, we're all working towards the same goal of educating and preparing the next generations for the future. So, we're sharing all of the great ideas we've invented or come across in our many years of experience. Keep an eye on this blog area for more and more ideas. 

The invisible rhythm circle

Step 1

This activity is a fun brainteaser and coordination challenge. First, take your imaginary pen out of your pocket and draw an imaginary circle in front of you. Now imagine 5 points around the circle (see picture above). 

At each of the 5 points is a body percussion sound, as shown below.  Start by stamping your right foot, then click your right fingers, then clap above your head continuing round as shown, making the necessary body sounds (listen to "invisible circle 1" at the bottom of this article).

Coordination challenge clapping game

Practise going round and round, until it is fairly comfortable.

Try it a little faster. 

Step 2

Do you remember the rhythm we used in week 7? (listen to "football rhythm 1" at the bottom of this article)

We're going to play that rhythm moving round our invisible rhythm circle!!!  The rule is that you must keep moving round the circle in the same direction, repeating the rhythm. You'll notice that because our rhythm has 11 notes, on each repetition you'll be starting the pattern at a different point on the invisible circle (listen to "invisible circle 2" at the bottom of this article). 

It takes a bit of practise but perservere. Let us know how you get on!