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.