So, it’s a super fun video, but how do I use it in my classroom? Well, for younger grades I’ll often use it when I want to reinforce steady beat. There’s a nice quick tempo and I usually have students pat their legs to the steady beat (Why pat vs. clap/snap/something else? Well, they can continue listening when they pat, but when they clap that makes it hard to stick with the video). We don’t pat for the whole song, but we’ll do it on and off during the song… maybe just for the verses but not he chorus. It depends on the class and the day. Often I’ll start with more focus on the steady beat and then drop it so they can just watch.
There’s a lot for them to see in this video. They love seeing a glockenspiel being used and they LOVE watching the drummer. The steady beat keeps up for a while but eventually they get so caught up watching the ball pit balls that they pay more attention to that than keeping the steady beat and in the end I’m okay with it. This video is fun and quick and keeps students interested. They especially love when I tell them that this band is from Kansas (actually from Lawrence, just a few miles away from us!). It makes it really personal.
Just a fun little video! Great for reinforcing steady beat or ensemble or harmony or whatever you want to talk about. There’s a lot to watch for and see in this video. You could even talk about the story line. Why are they in the middle of the clothing store and what’s up with the balls and why do they freeze? Lots of avenues for discussion. Videos like this are great for reinforcing content and for filling a few minutes at the end of a class or the end of a hard day.