Creative Drama and Music Methods: Activities for the Classroom / Edition 3

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The third edition of this popular text uses music and drama to promote learning across the curriculum and with all types of learners. Based on arts integration standards, differentiated instruction techniques, and current research, Creative Drama and Music Methods provides the theory along with applications to help teachers build confidence in using the arts in their daily lesson plans. The text is filled with hands-on activities that guide pre-service and K-8th grade teachers in understanding that integrating drama and music is easy, fun, and vital to fostering a child's desire to explore, imagine, and learn. Examples are provided in each chapter, along with the purpose of the activity and tips for instruction. Rubin and Merrion provide activities that engage elementary and middle school students and range from simple stories and rhythmic activities to story dramatization and composition. All the activities can be comfortably incorporated into the classroom routine and place no additional burdens on the teacher. They are especially useful for educators with valid learning goals but limited experience in creative drama and music. Not typical for creative drama or music texts, Creative Drama and Music Methods takes a process approach to the two arts, placing primary significance on the learner's growth and development.

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Editorial Reviews

Laura A. McCammon
Teachers will find Creative Drama and Music Methods: Activities for the Classroom to be an excellent resource for their classroom practice. The book includes many 'tried and true' activities for both creative drama and music, logically layered for building skills, with clear directions for classroom use. Each chapter includes a detailed lesson plan integrating music and drama with other subjects. Readers will also find many book and music titles and useful websites.
Joanna Kraus
Imaginative exercises and activities that integrate sound, rhythm and melody with students' creative expression utilizing familiar songs, music and games with creative drama exercises and story material. All are connected to a curriculum focus. Creative Drama and Music Methods is an excellent and useful resource for the elementary and middle school classroom teacher.
John Ceschini
This book is ideal for educators who want to integrate drama and music into their curriculum. The activities are practical and easy to use for all classroom teachers. You don’t have to be a music or drama teacher to use this book. The authors know how to make learning fun.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442204621
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/16/2011
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet E. Rubin, Ph.D., is professor of theatre at Saginaw Valley State University. Dr. Margaret Merrion serves as professor and Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Western Michigan University.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Chapter 1. Creative Drama and Music in Instructional Settings Part 4 Merging Theory and Practice Part 5 Terminology and Roles Part 6 Getting Started Part 7 Preparing Successful Lessons Part 8 Content and Achievement Standards Part 9 Patterns of Progression Part 10 The Importance of Arts Education Part 11 Guidelines for Success Chapter 12 Chapter 2. Beginning Activities Part 13 Ice-Breakers Part 14 Name Tags or Tent Cards Part 15 Name Games Part 16 Finger Plays Part 17 Nursery Rhyme Finger Plays Part 18 Noisy Stories Part 19 Replaying Part 20 Listening Levels Part 21 Sound Scavenger Hunt Part 22 Found Sound Part 23 Body Sounds Part 24 Reading Rhythm Part 25 Found Sound Sources Part 26 Familiar Songs Part 27 Sample Lesson Chapter 28 Chapter 3. Listening and Seeing Imaginatively Part 29 Concentration Part 30 Control Part 31 Quieting Activities Part 32 Abstract/Concrete Images Part 33 Musical Echoes Part 34 Rhythmic Dialogues Part 35 Sound Journals Part 36 Sample Lesson Chapter 37 Chapter 4. Expressing Creativity without Sound Part 38 Ensemble Singing Part 39 Ensemble Playing Part 40 Choral Reading Part 41 Characterization Part 42 Group Story Building Part 43 Representative Songs Part 44 Sample Lesson Chapter 45 Chapter 5. Improvisation and Story Creation Part 46 Story Creation Part 47 Story Creation from Props Part 48 Story Creation from Pictures Part 49 Open-Ended Stories Part 50 Improvisation and Music Part 51 Solo Improvisation Part 52 Ensemble Improvisation in Music Part 53 Improvisation in Creative Drama Part 54 Improvisation as Story Creation Part 55 Roleplaying Part 56 Sample Lesson Chapter 57 Chapter 6. Integrating Creative Choices Part 58 Story Dramatization Part 59 Story Dramatization Process Part 60 Accompaniment Part 61 Composition Part 62 Suggested Stories to Dramatize Part 63 Sample Lesson Chapter 64 Appendix A Sample Lesson Chapter 65 Appendix B Reflection Questions Chapter 66 Appendix C Further Resources: Web Site Drama and Music Resources Chapter 67 Appendix D: Glossary Chapter 68 Index

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