Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?

Does Anybody Know What Time it Is?

Jonathan Ball
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Dwight Elementary School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Multimedia/Digital Media


Middle School


General Music


Computer, Notation Software for teacher generated handout, Sequencing Program, Smart Board(optional)


40min Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Basic Theory, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
NAfME Standards of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

NAfME Standards of 1994: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.

NAfME 2014: Responding 


Teacher generated handout, Smart Board(optional), Rhythm generater/sequencer


Students will be able to notate and compose rhythms within 7/4 and aurally/visually differentiate between 7/4 and other meters.


Students will review rhythmic values in simple meters through aural and visual examples given first by teacher, then by students. (Use of a smart board would be ideal for this).
Students will be shown 7/4, how it works, and given examples visually and aurally.
Students will differentiate between 7/4 and other meters through aural examples performed by the teacher, then more complicated examples preprogrammed into sequencer.
Students will create rhythms in 7/4 and write them on the Smart Board.
Students will be given handout for homework that will reinforce 7/4.


Homework examples in 7/4 will help determine the students’ knowledge of 7/4 time and their composed examples will further enhance their abilities to work within 7/4 time.

Follow Up:

Reinforce 7/4 time through use of more complex rhythms. Continue with 9/4, 7/8, etc.

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