The students learned the song, "Shoo Fly," and quickly discovered that there was a fermata in the song! Then they learned some choreography and performed a circle dance mixer together.
They started out working with partners...
And then we tried it in circle formation...
Introduction/Interlude/Coda - students pretend to play guitar, banjo, and harmonica
Section A - Students clap hand with partner on "Shoo" (R, L, R), point to self with thumbs
Section B - Students clap both hands with partner on "Feel"
Fermata - Students draw the fermata in the air
(Music Teachers: I am using the arrangement from the "Share the Music" curriculum.)
To create the circle dance, I had the students form two concentric circles. The inside partners remained in place while the outside partners rotated to the right on each fermata (Oh!).
Here is Ms. Cook's class performing "Shoo Fly" -