First, we warmed ourselves up. We gathered in a circle and she led us in body movements, stretching, vocalizations, and face movements. These are great for brain breaks, starting the day, or community building.
Second, we engaged in a series of percussive activities. We engaged in different clapping rhythms, individually, and in a group. Once we were comfortable with a set of clapping rhythms, we went around in a group improvising and repeating classmates rhythms.
From there, our group created a song using various homemade and professionally made instruments. We had to have rhythm, vocalization, and movement. This is also great for community building.
Overall, we learned how to include and scaffold making music in our classrooms. There are many opportunities for us to use these as warm-ups, brain breaks, or even in science content.