Best Creative Movement Song for Streamers
One of the fun aspects of our creative movement streamers is that they can be used with any type of music. This makes them a versatile movement prop and allows them to be fun for people of all ages. Selecting their favorite music can motivate children, teens, and adults to get excited about streamer movement activities.
One group of professionals that has found a use for streamers is music therapists. Music therapists have discovered many creative ways to use various songs with their clients and they often use our movement props in their sessions.
Choosing fun music makes sessions more enjoyable for both the therapist and the client. In addition, streamer activities that are used with individual clients can also be used in group music class settings. The possibilities are endless!
What is the Best Streamer Song for Encouraging Creative Movement?
Kathy Schumacher, board-certified music therapist and creator of Tuneful Teaching, has discovered that Lindsey Stirling’s music works well for streamer activities. Lindsey Stirling is a violinist who writes and performs electronic violin music. Lindsey is known for dancing while she plays her violin which means that her music tends to be easy to dance to. This makes it great for music therapy movement activities. Kathy’s favorite streamer song to use with her clients and with her music class groups is “The Arena” by Lindsey Stirling. Kathy calls this song the “best streamer song ever!”
“The Arena” works well with streamers because the song has both slow and upbeat sections. This allows many different movements to be incorporated and is also a great way to keep the participants engaged and focused on the activity. This song can be used for all age groups and in various settings. Many common streamer songs are written specifically for children, making it difficult to find songs appropriate for all age groups. “The Arena” is an instrumental song appropriate for people of all ages!
The benefits of these streamer activities are numerous, one of them being physical activity. Whether they are sitting and just moving the streamer(s) with their arms, walking in a small circle, or jumping up and down, each participant is able to join in some way and get exercise. The various movements are beneficial for forming brain connections as well. Being able to learn the sequence of the song and respond to the song cues by moving your body in a specific way helps build executive functioning skills of working memory and sustained attention.
Using a movement song intentionally in this way also helps kids with sensory regulation when their bodies are starting to get wiggly and they are having trouble focusing.
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Step-by-Step Movement Instructions
Kathy recently posted a video on her Tuneful Teaching YouTube channel to show how she uses “The Arena” with streamers in her sessions. This video was from a virtual music class session. The children, located in a completely different state from Kathy, were able to mimic Kathy’s movements on the Zoom video.
Kathy and her students were able to dance to Lindsey’s music together using the streamers, which also created social connection and bonding. Below you will find some timestamps in the song with specific movements that Kathy has found work well when she is using “The Arena” with our streamers. These timestamps refer to the original audio for “The Arena.”
- INTRO - Slow movements, barely moving streamers
- 0:10 - Bouncy
- 0:44 - Slow Circle
- 1:05 - Jump
- 1:27 - “Squiggle whoop!” Down to floor (Repeat 2x then bounce or stay on “squiggle whoop!” if the kids need more processing time)
- 1:52 - Slow Circle
- 2:14 - Freeze!
- 2:16 - Jump
- 2:38 - Fast Down Low
- 2:50 - Fast Up High
- 3:00 - Slow Circle
- 3:22 - Freeze!
- 3:23 - Jump
As you can see, this song provides a great opportunity for participants to experience a variety of movements. The next time you are looking for a fun streamer activity, give “The Arena” by Lindsey Stirling a try!