This lesson asks young students to explore ideas of music-making with their own body parts through creative movement. This lesson also allows students to take on a leadership role by deciding which parts of the body will be moved, at what speed, for how long, etc., while the class imitates.
For the students, the following questions are answered: Can we make music without singing songs, and without playing instruments? How can we use our own selves as musical instruments?
Ultimately, this lesson is intended to give each student a class to lead the entire class in group music-making. The student gets to be the "teacher" for once and have the whole class follow him or her! Students also get to experience music-making as a large ensemble. For older students, this activity can also serve as a good introduction to two basic concepts in jazz music: call-and-response and improvisation.