The Nutcracker Ballet Chinese Tea Dance for Orff Barred Instruments and Movement

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  1. If you are looking for songs, movement, beat and rhythm activities, barred instrument play, and Orff arrangements, all with a winter theme, this is it! From a Ukrainian folk tale (The Mitten) to a traditional rhyme (Whether the Weather) to a classic from The Nutcracker Ballet (The Chinese Tea Dance
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Go beyond listening to The Nutcracker Ballet music by playing it! The call-and-response melody of The Nutcracker Ballet's Chinese Tea Dance is the perfect opportunity for movement and barred instrument playing in this Orff-processed resource!

With a performance video and multiple inserted mp3s for practice, this resource is available in PPT only.

You will need F# bars to play this arrangement!

Divided into metals and woods, your students will learn either the call or the response, giving them thinking time as the parts go back and forth.

In the resource:

  • A brief history of the composer and the ballet story
  • An mp4 of the arrangement color-coded for the call and response
  • Learning the rhythms through text (GREAT quarter, barred 8th examples)
  • Movement Activities to experience the call and response
    • Partners activities with and without props (scarves, ribbon wands/sticks, partner parachutes)
    • Whole-class parachute routines

  • Rhythm Percussion Play
  • The Melody
    • Color-coded for the call and response/metals and woods

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While I've listed this resource for Grades 3-6, I've added lesson ideas to use with your K-2 students if you want EVERYONE to experience this Nutcracker classic!

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