Looking for some fun ways to use stretchy bands in music class? Today’s blog post is filled with some tips and activities you can use right away in your music class. So c’mon! Let’s get out the stretchy bands and have some fun!
I love using stretchy bands any time of year! They’re perfect for team building, get to know you activities, and learning music concepts.
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STRETCHY BAND TIP #1: TEAM BUILDING AND GET TO KNOW YOU ACTIVITIES
Use stretchy bands in music class to show how everyone in the class or choir is important. Be sure to choose a variety of musical selections from various styles, tempos, and time periods for the activities.
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- “WHO MATTERS?” ACTIVITY helps students learn that everyone matters. Relate to communication in a group, how to share, and accept responsibilities.
- “WHO’S UP? WHO’S DOWN?” ACTIVITY helps students understand teamwork. Relate the activity to following the conductor, singing together, and staying on pitch.
- “IN AND OUT WE GO!” ACTIVITY helps students understand making music together. Relate the activity to following the conductor, singing together, and staying on pitch.
- “I GOT THE BEAT” ACTIVITY helps students understand teamwork. Relate the activity to supporting each other, singing as one, and following the conductor.
STRETCHY BAND TIP #2: KEEPS HANDS BUSY
Your students will be having so much fun and they won’t be able to get out of their personal space, poke their neighbor, or even talk!
STRETCHY BAND TIP #3: REWARD DAYS
Bring out the bands for those days when you want to reward your students for good behavior.
Great classroom management begins with helping students visualize a good behavior reward.
STRETCHY BAND TIP #4: BRAIN BREAK
Bring out the bands for the days during testing weeks (unless you have to be quiet) or post-testing weeks, no-recess days, and other times when the students are the ones who need a movement break.
Be sure to post your learning goal to fit with how you use the stretchy band.
STRETCHY BAND TIP #5: MUSIC LESSON
Bring out the bands to teach music concepts like HIGH/LOW, FAST/SLOW, DURATION and EXPRESSION. There’s more on this tip in this blog post: Innovative Creative Movement Activities with Connect-A-Stretchy Bands.
STRETCHY BAND TIP #6: TEACHER NEEDS A BREAK
I’m talking about those days when you are “sick” but came to work anyway. Days when you’ve lost your voice and don’t know what to do with your students. Days when you’ve got some kind of injury that prevents you from doing your regular lessons.
There are so many reasons you might need a break!
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Like I said, there are so many fun ways to use stretchy bands in music class.
Here’s a FREE Stretchy Band Activity Song that is part of the Creative Movement Stretchy Band Product. You can find it on my YouTube Channel.
They are a fantastic teaching tool and movement prop that you want for your classroom. Don’t forget to grab the FREE RESOURCE with the activities for the fun ways to use stretchy bands in music class.
More fun ways to use stretchy bands in music class
Here are some links to more articles on ways to use stretchy bands in music class.
- Innovative Creative Movement Activities with Connect-A-Stretchy Bands
- Stretching Learning with Stretchy Bands
- Awesome, Easy and Free Creative Movement Activities
- Three Music Class End of Year Activities
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