Year 7: Rhythm and beat

Lesson 1


National Curriculum: Programmes of Study

2b 2d 2f 2g
5b 5c 5d


Through COMPOSING, PERFORMING, LISTENING and APPRAISING, the children should be learning :

(a) about the concept of beat and rhythm

(b) to notate rhythm in a simple way using dots

(c) to compose rhythmic ostinati individually and in groups

Notes for guidance

Recommended software
To hear the MIDI files, a plug-in is required to hear them.  The standard Windows media player is barely adequate.  A preferred MIDI player is the crescendo plug-in.

ICT opportunities
As a teaching tool, use a sequencer to play a looped beat while the class clap examples of the 8 box ostinati.

Using a sequencer, set up a simple rhythmic beat.  Ask pupils to play their rhythmic compositions into the sequencer.  At a later date, this could be displayed as notation.  Teach pupils how to copy, paste and loop their ostinati.

At this early stage, all that is required is some simple hand percussion.  Choose instruments that produce a definite beat rather than an indistinct one (like a tambourine).
A recording of Steve Reich's 'Clapping Music' (Nonesuch WCPR-19002) would be beneficial.