Year 7: Rhythm and beat
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
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.
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.