Year 7: Rhythm and beat
National Curriculum: Programmes of Study
1a 1b (if IT option is used)
2b 2d 2f 2g
5b 5c 5d 5f
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
(d) to introduce the concept of two sounds within a beat
(e) to structure their music within a given framework
Notes for guidance
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.
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 including the double (quaver) rhythm. At a later date, this could be displayed as notation. Teach pupils how to copy, paste and loop their ostinati.
A variety of sound resources could be introduced to illustrate the differences in timbre.