Conducting materials, such as conductors' batons, dowels, pencils, drumsticks
A conductor is a person who leads a musical group, such as a choir, band or orchestra. This person's job is to help show the steady beat to the group. Sometimes, a special conductor's baton is used. Sometimes, hands are used alone. Let's practice some conducting motions:
To conduct one steady beat, simply point out one beat with your baton or hand,
To conduct two steady beats, move your hand down, then up.
To conduct three steady beats, move your hand in a triangle: down, out, then up.
To conduct four steady beats, move your hand down, over, across, then up.
Distribute conducting batons, dowels, drumsticks, pencils (or simply use your hands). As we listen to this music, let's conduct together!
Repeat the song, singing along as you conduct.
To perform in a concert, have the children pretend to be real conductors. Costumes can be encouraged, such as tailcoats or even Mozart-style wigs.
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