“Malay Culture – Dikir Barat”•
Why not use Dikir Barat to achieve all that? Dikir Barat originated in the Malay Peninsula and is a popular music genre that is associated with the Malay Culture. It generally features a solo voice with a chorus and can be accompanied with percussion instruments. Here’s a lesson idea that involves children learning more about the Malay Culture through Dikir Barat.
|Learning Areas||Learning Goals|
|Aesthetics and Creative Expression (A&C)|
LG4: Share ideas and feelings
|Social and Emotional Development (SED)|
LG4: Communicate, interact and build relationships with others
Children will be given opportunities to:
- Talk about their ideas and feelings about a Malay cultural performance
- Work together to create a Dikir Barat performance
#1 Finding out more about Dikir Darat
1. Show photographs and videos of Dikir Barat groups performing
2. Encourage the children to talk about what they observed in the photographs and videos, for example, the movements and instruments used in Dikir Barat.
|Showing photographs of Dikir Barat groups||Watching videos to find out more about Dikir Barat|
#2 Getting involved with the music used for Dikir Barat
1. Nursery rhymes and local songs can also be used for Dikir Barat performance. This would require some changes made to the rhythm of the lyrics. Involve the children in deciding on the song(s) for their Dikir Barat performance,
Examples of nursery rhymes and local songs that can be used:
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
- Alphabet song
- Geylang Sipaku Geylang
- Wau Bulan
#3 Creating hand movements for Dikir Barat
- Have the children work in small groups
- Facilitate the children’s discussion and give feedback on their ideas
How can you facilitate this group work in your classroom?
Engage children in small groups as they create their hand movements
#4 Performing their Dikir Barat
Get children to showcase their talent by performing their Dikir Barat in front of family and friends!