I love starting lessons with movement. Students internalize new melodies and rhythms without realizing that it’s happening. It’s learning in disguise, which is the best kind!
The following is the suggested dance from the Kodály Center.
Formation: Partners face each other in a double line.
1st line of song: Head couple sashays to end of line.
2nd line of song: All swing partners with right arms and back to place.
3rd line of song: Same with left arms.
Repeat with new head couple.
Set students in their formation. Then, model the dance for the students as you sing the song. The lyrics of this song lends itself to the movements. For example, “turn me in a hurry now” helps to remind students to swing during that section. Because of that, your students will pick up on the moves rather quickly. Once students are confidently dancing to the song, encourage them to sing along. Transfer the singing to them slowly, by dropping words or phrases of the song as you go. Continue dropping phrases until students are singing it entirely on their own.