The Sound Rap

Age Range: 5 - 11
By: Maria Cristina Penalosa

To introduce Rhythm, I usually do the "Sound Rap" activity with the students. I ask them to think of animal, vehicle or instruments' sounds and write those sounds in 2 verses, like that of poems. I usually show them the pattern of words like 4 sounds in a line (meow, broom, ting, click) so they complete 16 sounds in a verse.

With My grade 2 students, i often just ask them to have 2 sounds in a line to make up 8 sounds in a verse. Whoever finishes first gets a merit and a chance to go to the keyboard where they can use the head phones and recite the words they have written as rap, with the assigned register that I give them from the beat bank in the keyboard.

For example, I use 34 Hip Hop or 28 Euro-beat and I just adjust the tempo to a slower one for them to recite their sounds as a sound rap to the beat. Once the other students finish, and there aren't many keyboards available, I gather them near the vocalization area of my music room and there I have another keyboard where i can play a certain register and have them listen to it.

I call on a smart music student to try on rapping his sounds to the beat, or I usually give them the cue when to start.

The students find this activity very cool. After which, I have them practice their sound rap, improvise, make different body percussion accompaniments and perform it in class where I'll have the chance to grade them and enjoy it myself.

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lilly

really good

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Jessica Walkinshaw

I love this! Thanks for sharing :-)

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Megan

Good

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