Year 7: Rhythm and beat

Lesson 3


National Curriculum: Programmes of Study

1a 1b (if IT option is used)
2b 2d 2e 2f 2g
4a 4b 4c 4d
5b 5c 5d 5f 5h


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

(a) about the concept of beat and rhythm

(b) to notate rhythm using traditional notation

(c) to compose rhythmic patterns with a regard for structure

(d) to introduce 4 beat in the bar

(e) to structure their music within a given framework

Additionally, the lesson embraces numeracy and spatial relationships of rhythms

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

Using a scorewriter or the score editing function of a sequencer, ask pupils to compose a rhythm of 8-16 bars in length using traditional notation.

A variety of sound resources could be introduced to illustrate the differences in timbre.  It would be beneficial if pupils could try a variety of sounds using congas.