Movement: The Common Thread

Movement in Art, PE and Music

The following is a collection of media and resources relating to the idea of movement and how it is expressed in the disciplines of art, physical education, and music. Although the most obvious link is to physical education, artists and musicians have long worked to represent the idea of physical movement in their works.

Flight of the Bumblebee

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's classic which evokes the flight of the bee using a non-stop flurry of 16th notes at very fast tempo.
Flight Of The Bumblebee - Rimsky-Korsakov

Short Ride in a Fast Machine

John Adams uses repeated motives and irregular rhythms to evoke the feeling of a fast-paced ride, which was inspired by a ride in a Lamborghini.

Doctor Who Prom 2010

Short Ride in a Fast Machine by Doctor Who Prom 2010

Symphony #7 "Leningrad"

The opening movement of one of Shostakovich's best-known symphonies depicts the approaching German invasion of the city with a 22 measure ostinato which is repeated multiple times, growing louder and more menacing with each iteration. The invasion theme begins around seven minutes into the first movement.
Shostakovich: Symphony No.7 - Gergiev/MTO(2010Live)

Drum Corps International - The Bluecoats "Tilt"

One of the best examples of combining movement and music can be found in the marching arts and drum corps.
2014 Bluecoats | Tilt | HD | DCI Finals

The Scream

Through swirls of bold colors, Munch creates motion in his canvas that elevates the sense of angst his painting aims to depict.

High Speed Photography

One of the most effective ways photographers convey motion is through the ability to create stunning freeze-frames using high speed photography.

Artsology: Motion in Art

A great resource highlighting how artists approach portraying and capturing motion, using famous works of art as examples

Movement Analysis in Physical Education

A great resource detailing the process of performing visual movement analysis of a variety of common sports movements.
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Using Technology in Physical Education

An excellent resource detailing many ways in which technology can be used to track movement in physical education.

The ABCD's of Movement

A K-6 guide to developing a physical education curriculum based around movement.
ABCD's of Movement - Physical Education Teacher Resource K-6