July 24, 2018 - Olivia Mode-Cater
Dance ED Tip #36:
FREE Composition Lesson Plan!
1. Create a movement score using movement cards
2. Create a phrase using a movement score and descriptive effort words
3. Embody descriptive effort qualities in their choreography
4. Create a duet using existing movement phrases and spatial relationship terms
- Explain what is
- Explain its uses
- Explain that you write out a movement score from the bottom to the top
2. Pass out paper and pen/pencil to each student
3. Have students visit the movement cards that are laid out on the floor
- Students must pick 12 different verbs from the cards and write it on the back of their paper
- Then, on the front of the paper, students will write down the order that they want the verbs to be in. The first verb must go at the bottom of the page, the next one above it, and etc.
4. The teacher will then read out the following description effort words. The students must place the first descriptive word next to their first verb. The second descriptive word should go next to their second verb and etc. The descriptive words for verbs 11 and 12 can be dancer’s choice.
5. Students will then work independently to create their own movement phrases.
6. Students will then perform their solos in small groups.
7. Students will be asked to find a partner and to sit together with their paper and pen.
8. Students will be asked to write down the following spatial relationship terms:
- In Front
9. Students must create a cohesive duet using at least 4 of the spatial relationship terms. Students SHOULD NOT be teaching each other their choreography. The students should be performing their own choreography in the duet.
- Teacher will fishbowl an example using 1 pair of students.
- Once students understand the task they will work in their pairs.
- The teacher will circulate around the room providing suggestions and feedback.
- What was your creative process like when you were working independently with your score and the descriptive words?
- How would your choreography have been different if you didn’t have the movement score?
- What is the difference between a duet and two solos happening next to each other?
- How did the space words affect the creation of your duet?
- How do you think this type of creative process could help you in the future?