Crooked Creek (Tunes for Teaching)

Crooked Creek (Tunes for Teaching)

By Andy Mullen 

This tune is an update on the folk classic, "Cripple Creek." It is in Mixolydian tonality and unusual-paired meter. I use it as an acculturation and movement activity in "five." 

The notation and challenging dance movements appear below, which are from my new book, MLT Any Music Teacher Can Du...De

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Dance Language Vocabulary

The movement terminology I use are from the pedagogy of movement specialist Phyllis Weikart. All of her dances and ideas are in her wonderful book, Teaching Movement and Dance. You can find used copies of previous editions on Amazon pretty cheaply.

In addition, videos of her dances, including her sequential teaching steps, are available at West Music. I cannot recommend her teaching strategies enough. I use them all the time at the middle school level. The beauty is that when you learn her dance vocabulary, students can generalize from one dance to the next, and the process becomes very quick!

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About the author Andy Mullen

Andy Mullen is a teacher, folk musician, multi-instrumentalist, recovering singer-songwriter, and lifelong learner. He has taught all levels of students in a number of subjects, and is currently a middle school general music and choir teacher in Burlington, Massachusetts. Mr Mullen holds Masters degrees in Music Education and School Administration, as well as certification from the Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML) in Elementary General Level 2 and Early Childhood Music. He is the author of "MLT Any Music Teacher Can Du...De," "The Literate Musician" and "Fifty Tunes for Teaching," and the composer of the children's album, "Chucka Chucka Wawa."

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