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Rhythms, Music, Dances with Percussion Instruments Ages 4 – 6

By Susan Kramer


How to teach students ages 4 to 6 in the year before kindergarten, and kindergarten, with varying abilities or special needs rhythms, floor exercises / axial movements, large motor skills, expressive dance, kinesthetic mini-lessons, and full dances using percussion instruments as music. Pictures of 9 percussion instruments are described. Basic Lesson Plan included. Perfect for Pre-Kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten teachers, home schoolers, and dance instructors, 7,617 words. 100 pages in paperback. Many illustrations.

Key words: pre-kindergarten, T-K, transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, junior kindergarten, dances, ages 4 to 6, basic rhythms, dance children, expressive dance, arts in dance, dance education, floor exercises, axial movements, clapping rhythms, how to use percussion instruments, United Kingdom music education, United States music education, Netherlands music education, early childhood music, rhythm instruments, Susan Kramer,


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EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4467-8852-3

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I. Clapping Rhythms and Using Percussion Instruments

1. Clapping in 4/4 time

2. Clapping in 2/2 time

3. Clapping in 2/4 time
4. Clapping syllables

II. Floor Exercises / Axial Movements

1. The Rocker
2. The Squirrel
3. The Owl
4. The Starfish

III. Basic Rhythmic Motor Skills

1. Walking
2. Running
3. Galloping

4. Marching

5. Balancing
6. Hopping
7. Swinging
8. Sliding

9. Jumping

10. Skipping

IV. Practice Combinations–Rhythmic Dances


1. Sliding Dance

2. Marching Dance

3. Skipping Dance

4. Galloping Dance

V. Expressive Dance

Traditional Verses for Expressive Dance

Hickory, Dickory, Dock

Humpty Dumpty

Jack and Jill

London Bridge Is Falling Down

Pop Goes the Weasel

Rain, Rain Go Away

Rock-a-Bye Baby

See-Saw Margery Daw

VI. Mini-Lessons
1. Which Way Game
2. ABA Sequencing
3. Circle Dance for Making Shapes

4. Making a Straight-Line Game

5. Curving and Zigzag Lines

6. Practice Making Horizontal Lines

7. Stretching in Vertical Lines

8. Diagonal Line Shapes

9. Shaping Outlines

10. Clockwise and Counterclockwise Circles

VII. Percussion Instruments

1. Tambourine, 2. Hand drum, 3. Hand bells, 4. Maracas, 5. Flute, 6. Wood sounder, 7. Wooden block, 8. Chime bar, 9. Castanet

VIII. Large Dances with Songs

1. Jingle Bells: running steps 2/2 time
2. Baa, Baa, Black Sheep: galloping 2/4 time
3. Bobby Shaftoe: sliding 2/4 time
4. Mary Had a Little Lamb: galloping 2/4 time
5. Allouette: walking or marching 4/4 time
6. Frère Jacques: marching and sliding 4/4 time
7. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star: galloping 2/4 time

IX. Basic Lesson Plan

X. Music and Dance in Sculpture

XI. Links


About the author - Susan Kramer is the author of The Rhythmic Movement Dance Series of the Gateway to Educational Materials of the United States Department of Education, a graduate of Peabody Preparatory Institute Dance of Johns Hopkins University, a dance specialist, and musician.

Susan Kramer Book List

Adaptive Dance and Rhythms
Classical Ballet Beginning to Advanced
Kinesthetic Math and Language Lessons
Meditation for All Kids
God Speaks through the Holy Spirit

Meditation for Teens and Adults
Rhythms and Dances for School Age Kids
Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Yoga for All Kids
How to Sew Cloth Dolls and Costumes
Fundamentele bewegingen voor kinderen met dansjes, meditaties en yoga

Content Copyright Susan Kramer 2002-2023. All Rights Reserved.
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page created March 21, 2022; updated August 24, 2023