Year 7: Rhythm and beat

Lesson 5


National Curriculum: Programmes of Study

1a 1b (if IT option is used)
2b  2d  2e 2f  2g
3a  3e
4a 4b 4c 4d 4e (4f)
5b 5c 5d 5f  5h
6c 6d


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) the conventions of Baroque music - canon

(e) to structure their music within a given framework

(f) to internalise and reproduce rhythms which are played.

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 bars in length using traditional notation.

The MIDI file of the Telemann canon could be loaded into a sequencer.  The pupils will then be able to isolate parts by muting them, and perhaps move them around to appreciate the concept of canon.  Another idea, is to completely erase the 2nd part of the canon, and ask the pupils to copy the 1st part and paste it into the 2nd part at a bars length.

A variety of sound resources could be introduced to illustrate the differences in timbre.  Claves, congas, cowbells and triangles are suitable small percussion.