The University of St. Thomas

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Staley, Anglea

Staley, Anglea

Visual Stimuli Within Picture Books: A Vehicle for Creativity in Movement Improvisation in a Third-Grade Music Classroom
Angela A. Staley
Abstract
This study incorporated the use of visual stimuli within picture books as an impetus for movement exploration. A series of lessons using the Orff-Schulwerk approach was developed to include a combination of visual, aural, and kinesthetic learning styles. These lessons focused on movement improvisation and involved the students exploring movement possibilities based on picture books being read, while simultaneously listening to recorded musical examples. Pictures books therefore were used as a tool to stimulate and encourage creativity in movement improvisation. the lessons were taught to students in two third-grade classes at Sherman Elementary School in Streator, Illinois.
Thesis Supervisor
Dr. Bruce P. Gleason