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Traditional Indian Music Lesson - 29th September 09

Today in music we have been continuing to explore descriptive sounds by learning about Hasthas. Hasthas are traditional Indian hand gestures.  Tradtional Indian dance has specific movements for certain animals.  The tradtion of telling stories with music and movement goes back hundreds of years.

The children learnt the Indian hand shapes for a tortoise, a bee, a deer, a snake, a tiger, a bird and an elephant.

Then children carefully listened to several pieces of tradtional Indian music and improvised hand movements to accompany the music.  The children thought carefully about which animal they could most easily imagine moving in time to the music. 

We all had a really enjoyable and interesting Music lesson. Well done Class 4 for working so hard.