Composing with Movement: a beginner's guide to body percussion

Grade Levels
K - 1st
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Composing with Movement is a beginner's guide to body percussion. Students start by making the sound of a thunderstorm with their bodies. Then, they play the Body Percussion Game, where they practice clapping, snapping, patting, and tapping. Finally, they use printable body percussion cards to compose their own body percussion composition.

⚠️You'll need a recording of a piece of music with a clearly defined beat. You'll use this during the Body Percussion Game. ⚠️

This resource is perfect for:

✅ elementary music teachers

✅ homeschool teachers


✺ Clickable table of contents

✺ 9 slides that lead students through creating the sounds of a thunderstorm using body percussion

✺ 2 slides explaining the definition of body percussion

✺ 3 slides showing students how to play the Body Percussion Game

✺ 1 slide with directions for composing with body percussion

✺ 5 pages of printable body percussion cards

✺ 2 pages of printable rhythm cards (stick & standard notation)

✺ 2 pages of half-sheet worksheets for students to write down their compositions

✺ Additional instructions and ideas for using this resource



"Thank you so much for this great resource! My kindergarten students had so much fun creating their own body percussion!"

"My students love this activity and always ask to do it again."

"The worksheets were fantastic! My Kinder and 1st grade students could use the format with 3 boxes and my old students liked having more choices on the other formats to choose more movements. Thank you for the product!"


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