The EMU Tree (Education and Music in Unison) provide music workshops for school children of all ages. Facilitator Christian Teusner, recently visited Kangaroo Island Community Education's Kingscote campus for some musical fun.

In unison: Facilitator Christian Teusner with KICE students from Years 5 and 6 performing rhythmic exercises. Photo: Steve Howell.
In unison: Facilitator Christian Teusner with KICE students from Years 5 and 6 performing rhythmic exercises. Photo: Steve Howell.

The EMU Tree (Education and Music in Unison) provide music workshops for school children of all ages.

Last week, facilitator Christian Teusner provided KICE’s Kingscote campus with a couple of terrific music and rhythm classes that kept all the children engaged and happy.

The process seems simple – exercises involving counting and finger clicking and movements in opposition, but they are harder to perform than the children thought.

There was huge laughter when they tried to move one arm forward and one arm backward at the same time!

There were exercises in body percussion, timing and lung/breathing control, finger-clicking, passing claps around a circle as speedily as possible, and lots of ‘jazz hands’.

Some basic AC/DC rock drumming was learnt, too.

The fun session finished with a song from West Ghana which was a  way of incorporating all the rhythmic and vocal exercises the children had learnt.

Visit: theemutree.com for more news on up-coming workshops on KI.