Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Rhythmic Patterns

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 5-11
Sarah Coraggio

Objective: Students will hear examples of syncopated rhythm. The teacher assigns three different groups their own rhythm patterns and different sounds. Student groups play them individually and together as a class. Then groups rotate for experience, and finally, come up with their own rhythms.

Materials: Informational posters, Metronome

Visual Resources: Poster with a review of basic music note values, Poster of various syncopated rhythms.


  • The teacher will review basic music note values with the class.
  • The teacher will assign the students to one of three groups.
  • Give each group a different pattern and/or sound as follows:
    • clap quarter notes, repeat
    • clap quarter note – two eighth notes – quarter note – two eighth notes, repeat
    • rub hands together for eight eighth notes, repeat
  • Lead each group in practice individually.
  • Set the metronome to a reasonable tempo. Explain how the metronome works, what the numbers/settings mean, and why it is used.
  • Have each group practice again using the metronome.
  • Group performance time! Start the rhythm one group at a time.
  • After you think the class has accomplished that particular pattern, change the groups around, so they get a chance to make every pattern.
  • Let students make up their own patterns and tempos to express excitement, solitude, and sadness.

Assessment: The lesson can be assessed by listening. Also, the students can assess themselves and their group and others. The teacher can guide a class discussion about how the experience could be different or better.

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