Year 7: Rhythm and beat

Lesson 2


National Curriculum: Programmes of Study

1a 1b (if IT option is used)
2b 2d 2f 2g
4a 4d
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

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 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.