I decided that it is not that my students are dumb—it’s ME. Evidently I’m not teaching the definition of an ostinato correctly. So I thought back to a brain research class I took and decided I need to teach the definition in a catchy, memorable way. I decided to put the definition to a catchy tune. Here is what I came up with:
Did you notice the melody was the Hallelujah Chorus. Thanks, Handel. BTW, the kids are standing backwards so I could maintain their privacy on the internet.
I taught the song to the 3rd-6th graders and then had them go outside and sing it to the universe. They looked at me like I was crazy but loved the idea of leaving the classroom. We also walked down the sidewalk and sang it to the neighbors’ homes across the street from the school. At that point the students KNEW I was crazy. But guess what? Three weeks later, when I asked what an ostinato was, every child raised his arm and knew the answer. And we all burst out singing,
“Ostinato, ostinato, repeated pattern, repeated pattern”……….
Do you have something you are trying to teach your child at home? Something he seems to never remember? Put it to a song, make it silly and enjoy watching the astounding magic that will take place.