Category Archives: Rhythm

Lego Rhythms

I was so excited to see this blog post from a music teacher who uses Legos as building blocks for rhythm!

http://elementarymusicresources.blogspot.ca/2013/01/lego-rhythms.html

Use these Smartboard files to compose rhythm patterns with students using Lego blocks! The number of beats each block is worth corresponds with the length of the lego block. For example, a quarter note uses a "one-lump" block, while a half note uses a "two-lump" block, and so on. Templates are made in 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4.

Each Lego has a different symbol. She even created pages of downloads with different meters that you can download at her site (it appears to be free).  She has them broken down with suggested grades and meters! It’s all done on with a smartboard.

Amazing!  This is  a wonderful way to give your students practice with notation and composition!

Pumpkin, Pumpkin

I saw this idea at http://abbottmusic.blogspot.com/2012/09/pumpkin-pumpkin.html.

Music a la Abbott: Pumpkin Pumpkin

She has a great lesson that turns this song into a mixer (similar to Bow, wow, wow). She also has listed an extension activity with a “mystery song” and preparing 16th notes.

Do you have any favorite Halloween or Pumpkin songs that you would like to share with us? Please send me an email and I’ll post it!

Assessment with a Line-up Song!

If you head over to http://musicwithmrsdennis.blogspot.com/2012/06/assessing-music-with-line-up-song.html you can see this great Line-up song!

Line-Up Song

Mrs. Dennis (the author of the blog) teaches you how to use this song in your classroom to assess tempo, dynamics, melody, harmony, timbre, and rhythm!

Do you have a song like this? Have you used other line-up songs to assess musical skills?

Rules for Music Class

I wanted to share something from our Treasurer. She learned these rules from her Level I course with Gretchen Wahlberg and Sandy Lantz. She teaches them by clapping the rhythm, then depending on the grade, she will use percussion and/or create melodies on bars with the rhythms.

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I’m going to post a lesson plan tomorrow using these rules!

What are your classroom rules?

Kodaly Downloads

Kodaly Downloads is a great website that is full of resources you may find useful in your teaching.

http://kodalydownloads.com.au/index.aspx

I subscribe to their e-newsletter and they sent a link for a free resource for teaching beat and rhythm.

http://kodalydownloads.com.au/strategies/a_strategy_to_teach_beat_and_rhythm.aspx

I hope you enjoy!

Techniques for Practicing Rhythm

Here are some tips and techniques for practicing rhythm, Remember that rhythmic practice naturally leads to physically active and stimulation activities. With echo clapping some teachers get stuck with the same clapping pattern each time. After time it loses its meaning and purpose. Let’s remember to keep it fresh, not only for ourselves but also for our students.

Echo Clapping:

A. Teacher claps, no rhythm names; children echo.

B. Students echo with rhythm names, different motions.

C. Go to small groups.

D. Go to individual children.

E. Transfer to a rhythm instrument.

F. Transfer to a melody instrument on one note.

G. Teacher sings on a neutral syllable, children echo same note with rhythm names.

H. Teacher sings on a neutral syllable, children echo on a different note (ie; teacher on sol, class on mi).

How are ways that you make practicing rhythm fun?

Techniques for Practicing Rhythm

Here are some tips and techniques for practicing rhythm,  Remember that rhythmic practice naturally leads to physically active and stimulation activities.  With echo clapping some teachers get stuck with the same clapping pattern each time.  After time it loses its meaning and purpose.  Let’s remember to keep it fresh, not only for ourselves but also for our students.

Echo Clapping:

A.  Teacher claps, no rhythm names; children echo.

B.  Students echo with rhythm names, different motions.

C.  Go to small groups.

D.  Go to individual children.

E. Transfer to a rhythm instrument.

F. Transfer to a melody instrument on one note.

G.  Teacher sings on a  neutral syllable, children echo same note with rhythm names.

H.  Teacher sings on a neutral syllable, children echo on a different note (ie; teacher on sol, class on mi).

How are ways that you make practicing rhythm fun?