Lesson Plan: Waltz of the Flowers

This lesson can be used for a wide range of ages and abilities. It may also be adjusted to fit a variety of classroom goals and settings. It explores measure groupings of 3’s and 4’s. Enjoy and please feel free to make it your own!

Activity 1: Walks & Bows

“Show me how you take a bow.” 

The class all bows. Notice the variation of response. For example, are arms hanging loosely at their sides? Or is one arm at their waist? Invite individual students to show their way of bowing. The group tries various possibilities.

“Walk with the music, bow when the music tells you to take a bow. Look around and make eye contact with a classmate as you bow.” 

Improvise walking music on the piano (or you may also use a hand drum). Use the following rhythms to indicate bowing:


Lesson Sections:

  1. Activity 1: Walks & Bows
  2. Activity 2: Let’s Swing and Waltz
  3. Activity 3: Plastique Animée / Waltz of the Flowers

This lesson was originally published in the “American Dalcroze Journal” Vol. 37, No. 2.

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About Melissa Tucker

Dalcroze is at the heart of Melissa Tucker’s career as a music educator. She finds the unique combination of movement, improvisation, dynamic social interaction, and deep study of music to be ingenious and exhilarating. Melissa is a core faculty member of the Dalcroze Institute of New England (formerly the Dalcroze Summer Institute at Longy) led by Eiko Ishizuka. She is a DSA Trustee and member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. An Oberlin graduate, Melissa studied classical piano with Lydia Frumkin at Oberlin Conservatory. She earned the Dalcroze Certificate and License with Lisa Parker and Anne Farber at Longy. Melissa currently serves on the faculty of Longy School of Music of Bard College and Concord Conservatory.

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