Wednesday, March 2, 2011

2nd Grade Week 7 -- Che Che Koolay/Improvisation

"Che Che Koolay" is a call and response song from Ghana. In call and response the leader sings, plays or moves a phrase at a time and everybody else echoes them. It is typical of many African songs that this way of learning is also incorporated into how the piece is ultimately performed.

This makes call and response and excellent way to learn improvisation by providing a context for short improvisational ideas. As can be seen in these pictures the kids all took turns being the leader and have the rest of us try to echo them, first using body percussion and the using the drums. They had a great time!

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