By Amy Wallot
Music and movement are a natural combination. Bardstown Independent music teacher Lederrick Wesley pairs them seamlessly in his class. I danced my way into his 1st-grade class at Bardstown Primary School to check it out. The students started the class moving to Justin Bieber’s Beauty and a Beat, where one student would determine the movement and the others would follow.
After the warm-up, the students dove into a lesson on classical music appreciation. First, they looked at pictures of winter scenes and talked about winter activities. Next, Wesley played Antonio Vivaldi’s Winter concerto as the students closed their eyes and thought about winter. The students then worked in small groups to create a winter dance to the piece, incorporating four non-locomotor and four locomotor movements.
Wesley, a Berea College and Eastern Kentucky University graduate, likes to expose his students to all music types.
“I like to incorporate classical music into 2nd and 1st grades,” he said.
Students at the school have music class for 45 minutes each week.