Jamaican Song, Dance, and Play: Experiences with Jamaican Musical Traditions

Young musicians experience song, dance, and play of the Jamaican culture. Scholars listen for and recreate beats, they play tunes, make up original dances, and play a game that challenges pupils to pass stones to a specific beat.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Coordinate the lesson with the school's music teacher or invite a grown-up whose passion is music to assist
  • For the game, use balls instead of stones for safety reasons and practice throwing and catching
  •  Conduct the lesson as part of a unit that explores a variety of Black cultures during Black History Month
Classroom Considerations
  • Participants should be familiar with how to play the recorder
  • Plan time to search for images and videos as per the materials list
  • This lesson is best suited for a music class or with a teacher with vast musical knowledge 
Pros
  • The resource is separated into three different lessons
  • Provides opportunities for movement
Cons
  • None