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Performance Playground

Welcome to UMS Performance Playground! Here you’ll find great resources about the performing arts for students in grades K-12. Check out our videos featuring UMS teaching artists performing and talking about their craft. You can join them to begin your own journey! To learn more, explore accompanying slides and worksheets.

These resources are for educational use only, and are free to everyone. Children are encouraged to explore resources with the guidance of teachers, parents, or on their own.

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NEW Winter 2020/21 Units

For Grades K-7 (Ages 5-12)

Performance Playground Rhythm and PoetryNot Just Another Stringed Instrument

Learn about the harp, one of the oldest instruments in the world, and discover the musical beauty of this majestic instrument.

Added 1/29/2021

For Grades K-4 (Ages 5-9)

Performance Playground Rhythm and PoetryViolin Vignette

Discover the wide range and versatility of this 400-year-old instrument and how to make your very own beginner violin at home.

Added 12/17/2020

For Grades 6-12 (Ages 11-17)

Performance Playground Rhythm and PoetryRhythm and Poetry: Rap and Hip Hop Culture

Explore the robust landscape of Rap and Hip Hop culture. Learn the history behind this truly trailblazing art form and how to create your own raps.

Added 12/7/2020

Previous Units

For Grades Pre-K – 4 (Ages 4-9)

Cara GraningerDance Improvisation for Two of Us or More

Learn how to create a solo, duet, or ensemble dance through movement improvisation. This unit is appropriate for children of all abilities or capacities.

For Grades K – 5 (Ages 5-10)

Susan FilipiakTap Dance/Body Percussion

Discover the basic skills of tap dancing and learn the history of this great American art form.

For Grades 6 – 8 (Ages 11-13)

Chineke! OrchestraOrchestras of Change

Discover the vibrant, innovative, and evolving landscape of classical music in the 21st century.

For Grades 6 – 12 (Ages 11-17)

Teagan FaranIntroduction to Tango Music

Explore the world of tango music, the tradition of aural music sharing, and the basics of improvisation.

Share your new skills using #UMSplayground or email any photos, videos, or feedback to umsyouth@umich.edu.

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