Hi Green Class,
I hope you have had a good week.
Please continue with the activities and songs that I posted for you last week.
Every week I will be building upon the lesson from the week before, as well as posting new activities for you to do.
ANCIENT GREEK INSTRUMENTS
Let's start off by watching a clip to see and hear the Lyre being played.
The Lyre belongs to the string family.
Interestingly when the Romans went to battle, they went with the sound of trumpets playing.
When Ancient Greeks went into battle they went with the sound of flutes harps and lyres.
These families of instruments make very different sounds.
I wonder why the Ancient Greeks found that the string family prepared them for battle?
ANCIENT GREEK DANCING
Dance was a big part of Ancient Greek life. They believed it was a gift from the Gods.
Dance was split into two groups, dances of war and dances of peace.
The dances had different names and set patterns of steps.
A name for a dances in armour is known as Pyrrhic dance.
The pulse or a rhythm might be tapped on the chest armour of a soldier as they danced.
The Ancient Greeks thought that the movement of dance would help them to prepare for their battles. Soldiers learnt dances as part of their training.
Quick moving foot steps - to help you overtake the enemy, or run from them!
High leaps - to help to jump over ditches and walls
Play fighting moves - to help soldiers to be able to learn to avoid weapons and being hit in battles.
Generals (from the army), instead of giving a speech, they were often asked to perform a dance in celebration of their military victories.
Peace dances were dances that were used in entertainment, at festivals, celebrations, religious ceremonies or the theatre.
Many of these dance steps have continued into modern Greek traditional dances.
WATCH this clip of a performance of a dance on a Greek island.
LOOK at all the different steps that they are doing.
PAT the pulse as you watch.
LISTEN - what is happening to the tempo/speed in this piece of music?
HAVE A GO!
Watch it again and see if you can COPY some of the steps that they are doing.
MAKE UP YOUR OWN GREEK DANCE
Can you make up a pattern of steps to go with the music?
Choose 4 different moves and match them to the PARTS (see below).
Part 2 and Part 4 are the same.
PRACTISE your moves first and know the order that they come in. You will be able to know when to change your move when you hear the music change.
Don't worry about getting it exact. Just have fun with the music and make some Greek dance moves!
PART 1 - 0:00 to 0:29 - Very Slow
PART 2 - 0:29 - 0:54 - Slow
PART 3 - 0:54 - 2:03 - Getting faster
PART 4 - 2:03 - 2:35 - Slow - Do the same steps/movement that you did in PART 2
PART 5 - 2:35 - End - Fast (You could do the same moves as Part 3)
When I was watching the Greek Dance steps, it made me think of the Ooh Na Na Na (Foot shake) dance.
Can you see any similarities?