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Ladybug Project

This project was filmed by Mary Gae’s Introduction to Music students in the spring of 2013. As she gave a Lady Bug to each student, Mary Gae invited them to make up several activities each week using the Lady Bug to develop their hands and fingers in ways that would improve their playing. You will notice that they also used a very steady pulse, musical inflection in their counting, and one young student practiced forearm rotation on her Lady Bug and composed a melody to sing while doing her Lady Bug Project. This is positive proof that students learn more by doing then by being told what to do. They also took pleasure in learning one another’s projects. Show this film to your students and invite them to develop their own projects to share with their class mates in your studio. The last slide of the film directs you to the source of the Lady Bugs.


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