As children come to learn more and more about how music is put together, they will begin to have new ears to hear any music. They add critical thinking skills to their musical experiences and will enjoy many kinds of music. They also come to understand and love music as they have hands on experiences creating their own music. They can have that experience through private lessons or by just doing some of the fun lessons that I will share.

The lessons will center on the Elements of Music: Beat, Rhythm, Style, Melody, Expression, Form, Timbre, Harmony, and Texture. You can watch as children become confidant at discussing these elements and hearing them in the music they listen to each day. They will enjoy using these elements to create their own music.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

RHYTHM LESSON 9 - Notation with rests

It is now time to add rests to our music.  This is basically the same lesson as lesson 8 but it includes the quarter rests.  The addition of the rest means there are a lot more options for grouping the notes in sets of 4.  Just a reminder that the rest gets one beat just as the quarter note does.  Whenever the children are reading and clapping music it is important that the rest be "felt" even though there is no sound.

For this lesson you may want to add instruments for variety.  I always told my kids that preparing for the instruments would make us successful musicians so we read and clapped the music first to be sure we were ready to transfer it to instruments.

Once again you can cut the strips out without the words and let the children find the matching pairs.  Then print and cut out individual notes and rests and let the children find new ways to group them into sets of 4.  Use these to create a musical piece to play.  I created 26 different groupings.

Any of the groupings you create are in sets of 4 which means they are in 4/4 time signature - 4 beats to a measure.   The children can play these patterns along with any number of songs that are in 4/4 time.  Here are some suggestions:

Row, Row, Row Your Boat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYLKEePMvIU

Be Doodle Dee Dum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zI9OaTJyg_Y

Dance Myself to Sleep https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQmut5GI7-k&list=AL94UKMTqg-9DC1_3UPjnhZVQhZ2NCqrzH

Honker Duckee Dinger Jamboree https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tdv5uuYrTKQ&list=AL94UKMTqg-9DC1_3UPjnhZVQhZ2NCqrzH

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