Lesson activities

Locomotion Rhythms


Often used as a preliminary exercise as a warm-up.

Improvising music on the piano in different tempi and with different locomotor rhythms (above). Children follow with the appropriate movements. On a signal (musical/verbal) they do the locomotor movement backwards. Any pupil who misses the signal will have a little surprise when he continues marching forward while everyone else is going backwards!

Combine this exercise with stop and start, so if the signal is given when they are stopped they have to remember which direction they were going when the music resumes.

Lesson activities · Songs

Let’s go walking along

Song in 5/4, steady beat

“Let’s go walking along, let’s go walking along,
First I follow, follow you, Then you follow follow me”


Choose children to lead the line.  Use a drum. Vary the tempo. Encourage the children to feel the beat strongly with their feet.

Imagine things encountered on the walk, or reasons for walking/marching/dancing.

Play stop and start

Everybody stops when the drum stops.  Everybody starts from where they left off when the drum restarts.