Gunild Keetman described the rhythmic pattern of words as the first “building blocks” in music. You will learn all about rhythmic building blocks in your Orff Level I course. Common building blocks in duple meter are:
quarter note, quarter note or ta ta
eight notes, quarter note or ti-ti ta
quarter note, eighth notes or ta ti-ti
eight notes, eighth notes or ti-ti ti-ti
half note or ta-a
I will use the ta, ti-ti-, ta-a for quarter, eighth, and half notes
A fun thing to do with your younger students is to create fall or halloween words that match the rhythmic building blocks.
Here are just a few examples:
ta-a- = ghost
ta ta = sca-ry
ta ti-ti = leaves fall-ing
ti-ti ta = pumpkin pie!
ti-ti ti-ti = trick-or treat-ing
You can have you students think of fall things, or halloween things and list them. After the class has listed some examples have them find the “rhythm language” of what they wrote. You can use this alone for rhythmic practice or use this as an extension for a fall or a halloween song that you are teaching. Have the children sing or play a fall or halloween song for the A section and do the B section as you wish with voices or small percussion.
Perform ABA and have a beautiful fall or spooky Halloween song!