68/100 Mexican Wave (3) – Clearing up the Instruments

The “Mexican Wave” idea is proving to be a fertile area for posts!

Last week, I faced the usual problem of ending a lesson with thirty children, each holding an instrument.

There are various methods of achieving this without some kind of mass crash trash event involving noise, chaos, Noisy monkeypandemonium, injury and general mayhem.

(Hey, please don’t go away with the impression that my lessons end in craziness. Not anymore, once I sussed out how to plan this activity properly!) There’s another topic for a series of posts.

Anyway, my “Mexican Wave” method worked perfectly last week. It was a brain-flash that came to me after a call that we finish the lesson with the wildly popular game “Don’t play this one back”. I’ve gone off playing this game with this particular class, as they are too good, and it can go on for too long before anyone makes a mistake!

So I invented this variation on the spot; (bearing in mind “playing in turn” and “Mexican Waves” had been recurring themes of this lesson). Each child had to play “Don’t play this one back” on their instrument, go an put it away, and line up without making any extra sounds.

The tricky bit was getting the order right; this is a samba class, and the surdo (big) drums are a nesting set. I started with the largest of the surdos, which go into the cases first, and continued round the class. It was the easiest, calmest, quietest tidy-up I’ve seen in a long time.

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