Listening to and Learning to Recognize Quarter Notes, Eighth Notes and Quarter Rests

Listening to and Learning to Recognize Quarter Notes, Eighth Notes and Quarter Rests

Carol Carstensen
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Safety Harbor Elementary

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation Software




General Music


Laptop Computer with Sibelius Software and LCD projector


30-40 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

They have a knowledge of steady beat and have practiced it.

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

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

NAfME 2014: Responding 


Laptop computer with Sibelius
LCD Projector


Students will listen to a song and identify the quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests.
Students will be able to recognize each of the notes on a worksheet and write the corresponding ta, ti ti, or sh underneath the notes, by completing the worksheet with the song on it.


1) Introduce Pease Porridge Hot by listening to the entire song.
2) Listen again, having the students clap or pat the steady beat.
3) Talk with the students about what they heard. If necessary, play it again.
4) Learn the song by call and response, and have the students clap while singing.
5) Once the students know the song fairly well, talk with them about the differences of each beat – one sound per beat, two sounds per beat, and no sound on a beat.
6) Introduce the counting method of ta, ti ti, and sh. Also discuss the terms quarter note, eighth notes, and quarter rests.
7) Have the students pair and share as to what they think the order of notes are in the song, using ta, ti ti, and sh. Walk around to hear how they come up with their answers. (5 min)
8) Call on a few groups to see what their answers are.
9) Turn on projector to show them the song.
10) Talk through the song on the screen, using ta, ti ti, and sh, as well as quarter note,! eighth notes and quarter rests.
11) Sing through the song, pointing at the notes.
12) Pass out Pease Porridge Hot worksheet and pencils, asking them to write ta under quarter notes, ti ti under eighth notes, and sh under the quarter rests. (5-10 min)
13) Collect worksheet and evaluate.


Teacher will walk around the room listening to the pair/share discussions of the students.
The worksheet will show their understanding of the materials.

Follow Up:

Students can use small cards with quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests with partner to map out the song.
The same process can be used for other quarter note, eighth notes, and quarter rest songs.

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