You will receive an overview of the many ways to use rhythmical games from around the world and a practice-oriented introduction to the many ways of learning during this two-day seminar.

"„If you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can sing.” (African proverb))

Games are played everywhere

Overall in the world, whether in Africa, Asia, Europe, America and Australia, rhythmic games can be found in which rhythm is the main connective and challenging element. It can be a very positive thing to experience rhythm with others. While creating rhythms with others, a group will form and when everyone becomes involved, the “groove” starts. An intense feeling of being in the here and now arrises, a magical feeling which makes time stand still and the game starts to play itself.

They who listen, understand!

They who listen, understand!
It is important for educators to acquire an understanding of how to work with rhythm and the difficulties which can arise. Rhythmical awareness needs to be formed. You need to be able to do multiple things at once in order to make students understand the game, and to be a confident teacher even when things do not go exactly as planned. Luckily there are a range of easy to difficult rhythm games with different goals depending on the age group.
Rhythm is a natural concept which orders time and space and which gives life dynamic properties and tranquility.
Coordination training allows more than one thing at a time to be done. Your nuanced perception of yourself, of others and situations will grow.

Topics of the beginners (...)

Topics of the beginners course
1. Rhythm games using only movement and music without any extra materials
2. Rhythm games using a variety of materials including stones, cups, balls and chairs.
3. Athletic and dance-like rhythm games with music and a variety of materials including bamboo poles, sticks and ropes.
4. Rhythmic oral and singing games including inflected speech, tongue twisters and fantasy language.
5. Musical learning
Rhythm-work – “CoCoCoCo training” (encourages concentration, coordination, communication and cooperation) – body percussion – rhythm building blocks – accompaniment with drums, rattles and other instruments – vocal training – songs from around the world – song and games in one.
The beginners course „Rhythm Games Around the World“ includes types of games from different categories which will be introduced and played. The games were developed for an individual target audience and each one has a different result. Educators will find many ideas for elementary school to adult education: “Let’s play together!”

Video Maori Stick game: TITITOREA

Tititorea Maori stick game - Polynesian Cultural Center (HD)
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The Polynesian Cultural Center’s Maori (New Zealand) village features activities such as "tititorea," a stick game anciently used to develop hand-eye coordination. Today, it’s part of the fun and things you’ll learn at the Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaii’s top paid-admission visitor attraction.