Move It! Activities

Move it! activities are a way for students of all ages to connect with the expressive part of music on their journey to become more artful. The movements and gestures were created to reflect both this expressive quality and the form of each piece, embodying Dr. Feierabend’s theories of music and movement development. The movements often elicit those “goose bump” moments that happen when we truly connect with the expressive intent of the composer. 

Periodically, we will debut another new Move it! complete with a video and detailed, written directions for how to perform it. This is something exclusive to FAME members only, so we hope you enjoy this exclusive benefit of membership. If you’re not already a member, sign up now!

NOTE: All Move It videos and resources are presented for demonstration purposes as an educational resource for teacher’s only. It is the individual’s responsibility to obtain proper license and copyright permissions for any and all works presented in your classroom or shared publicly.


Check Back Regularly to Learn New Move It! Activities

Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks by Connie Greenwood
Country Gardens by Betsy Greene
Estonian Lullaby by David Rankine
Gypsy Rondo by Dr. Feierabend
Lágrima by Bron Lawson
Rondo ala Turca by Anna Wiles
Swan Lake, Act II: Finale by Lindsay Jackson
Swan Lake, Act III: Spanish Dance by Lindsay Jackson
Suite No. 1 in E-Flat Major, II. Intermezzo by Leslie Weaver
Toccata from ‘Suite Gothique’ by David Rankine
The Entertainer – Joplin by Leslie Weaver
“The Can Can”, Offenbach – by Peggy Lyman Hayes and John Feierabend
‘Jack’s the Lad’ (hornpipe) – by David Rankine

Famously enjoyed during the annual ‘Last Night at the Proms’ at Royal Albert Hall, the sea-song ‘Jack’s the Lad’ (hornpipe) has always been a crowd favourite. With its origins as a sailors dance on cramped and crowded ships, the simple and repetitive melody is a fun and exciting way for students to experience form in music through expressive movements. Easily adaptable for our youngest learners yet the background and hockey theme make it very engaging for our upper grades. Imagine have your entire school mirror this Move It!

Baby Move Its
Hungarian Dance for Infants and Toddlers by Connie Greenwood

Leroy Anderson’s ‘Sleigh Ride’by Emily Maurek
The Nutcracker: Hot Chocolate by Elizabeth Linsley
The Nutcracker: Candy Canes by David Rankine

Blue Goose Rag by Marguerite Wilder and Kevin Boyle
Rialto Ripples by Emily Maurek
Skating by John Crever