Rhythmic Building Blocks

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!


2 responses to “Rhythmic Building Blocks

  1. Martha Ledbetter

    A former principal, a very loving person, told her teaching staff one day in staff meeting: Remember, each day in a NEW DAY. Don’t carry ill feelings over from the day before or frustrations that you felt the day before. We all like to have the opportunity to start over. Give your children the same opportunity. It works.

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