"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


Daily Life, 9

Today, in First Grade, we played "Musical Zoo"---an expressive movement 'game' which involves students listening to music and showing, through movement, what animal "moves the way that the music sounds".

Me: Krista*, how come your animal is frozen? Are you a polar bear trapped in an iceberg?
Krista*: No, 'course not. I think the music sounds like snakes.
Me: Hmmm. Sounds good to me. But what's going on then? Why isn't your snake slithering about?
Krista* (looking at me with earnest eyes) Well, see, I'm a dead snake!

*Krista is, of course, not this young musician/dancer's real name.


Hickory said...

Ha! clever girl :-)

Karla said...

Hickory--she started a trend for the rest of the class--too bad I wasn't playing Chopin's "Funeral March"!