I found this adorable picture on Pinterest using big lego-type blocks to teach macro beat:
I love that it separates 6/8 into 2 groups of 3 - what a great visual! All of a sudden, 6/8 time doesn't seem so daunting. All you have to do is talk about macro beats and micro beats, and you're set!
Last year, I learned the song "Old Roger is Dead" at a workshop. I had never heard it before. It is the PERFECT song for Halloween time that is not about Halloween:
Discussion of macro and micro beats:
- In the Hall of the Mountain King (I have one person creep into the Mountain King's lair, then get chased out by trolls)
- Don Gato (the kids love that the cat falls off the roof, dies, and comes back to life)
- Oh, Susanna! (crazy lyrics will do it every time)