Coordinated Movement Plan
For this activity, I took the song "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond and I added coordinated moves throughout for students to follow along with. These moves typically followed the phrasing and lyrics of the song, maintaining a steady beat throughout.
After leading the coordinated movement experience I think a lot of it went well. Everyone in my group seemed to follow my moves very easily. I also think that the moves that I chose went well with the phrasing of the music and the verses. A lot of my moves worked with the lyrics, but were also sequenced well so they started out with simple thigh pats and then got more complicated from there. After each section I always started/finished with thigh pats so that I could catch people who were having trouble following the moves. I think this would work well if I did it in an actual Elementary setting because the moves are really easy to follow.
There are several things I could still improve on several things. First of all I think I could give more indication before each move because sometimes it took people a couple beats to pick up on what I was doing. I think if I were to do this again I would prepare more in advance so that I could be confident in all the moves and more prepared to give cues ahead of the music.
From this experience I learned a lot about creating an experience for students that's engaging to them. I also learned some things that can work for younger students and some things that might not work. This gave me a good example of an exercise I can use with my possible future students that will help them with rhythm and keeping time.
Musicianship 5/5. For this experience I believe I picked a good song with a good consistent tempo. All of my moves changed with the phrasing of the song, and changed with the verse and choruses of the song.
Leadership 5/5. I think I did a good job keeping everyone in my group engaged with my facial expressions as well as keeping eye contact with everyone as I went through the song.
Preparation: 4/5. I think I could have been a little more prepared because there were a few times when I forgot the next move and was late or I had to quickly make up another move.
Facilitating the Experience 8.5/10 Overall, I think I was prepared for this experience. I engaged everyone in my group as well as keeping a pace that everyone was able to keep up with. My group enjoyed the sequencing and song choice. However, I think I could have been more prepared so that I was confident about all the moves.