Christoph Maubach introduces Beach Rondo
The beach is such an attractive place for play, imagery, sound, movement and even song. Some schools in New Zealand, Australia and many other countries are situated close to the beach. For those children lucky enough to experience the beach almost on a daily basis the images are tangible and real. Others will experience the beach with their families and friends on weekends or vacations. There is lots to do at the beach, walking in the sand, listening to the way the sand squeaks under our feet and between our toes, splashing in the water with our feet, of course swimming, making sandcastles, collecting shells and driftwood and much more. There is lots to do. The Beach Rondo can provide a variety of learning outcomes in creative ways.
- Performance of the speech rhyme.
- Speech and body percussion in combination.
- Performing the speech rhyme with body percussion in a Canon.
- Creation of new speech patterns as Rondo episodes (B, C, D section).
- Creation of movement gesture to invented images (the things we do at the beach).
- Create also non-meter bound episodes in a Rondo.
- Awareness of the Rondo form.
- Creating and playing of the song ‘Let’s go to the beach’.
- Accompanying part on the Ukulele, with G and C chord.
The rhythmic speech Rondo is here:
The Beach Rondo song is here:
- The A section is learned by imitation. After a few repetitions we include the body percussion ornaments (CL). A always includes the lyrics with the question, ‘What can we do at the beach?’
- We repeat the A section as we change dynamics, mf, f, pp, p.
- We can add a steady beat to the chanting of the A section to make sure that we stay in time. E.g. Step from side to side to the beat as you chant. Or, clap a steady beat with the person next to you as you chant, or ‘send’ a steady beat around the circle from person to person.
- After we have all firmed up the rhythmic A section there is now time for brainstorming what we enjoy doing at the beach. In pairs we tell each other what we enjoy doing at the beach.
- Then, one after the other around the circle shares what they have come up with.
- Now we begin to make this into a musical Rondo: All chant A with the added BP ornaments (including the repetition with the question.
- B: The first person in the circle shares their beach activity two or four times – depending how long the statement is. It could be a short speech rhythm, or a movement gesture, or both a movement gesture and rhythmic speech, or even a free-flowing sentence spoken a few times.
- Or it could be a musical phrase that is sung.
- All copy this, four times seems, or two times. It seems a good way of phrasing this.
- Then all go back to We end up with A B A C A D A E …
- When we sing the Beach Rondo all contributions can be garnered in a similar way, however some may feel inspire to sing their brief Rondo episodes (couplets).
- It can also be a lot f fun to accompany the Beach Rondo with Ukulele. The chords are in the sheet music.