Notes and Rests

Notes and Rests

Kerry Fenton
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TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation Software




General Music




30 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

This is an introductory lesson on note recognition, rhythm patterns and steady beat.

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

NAfME 2014: Performing 

NAfME Standards of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

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

NAfME 2014: Responding 


Flash Cards, pitched/unpitched instruments, worksheets: Match Rests with Names 1A, Evaluate Notes and Rests 1A.


As a result of this lesson, the student will be able to…
1. Perform two-measure rhythm patterns through moving, body percussion, playing, reading, notating and creating using: whole, half, quarter and eighth notes with corresponding rests.


Explain and demonstrate whole, half, quarter and eighth notes.
Explain and demonstrate that for every note there is a rest of the same duration.
Use call and response to demonstrate each rhythm used.
Whole Note: Ta-a-a-a, Half Note: Ta – a, Quarter Note: Ta, Eighth Note: Ti.
Have students identify the notes by site.
Have students practice adding note values.
Handout worksheets and have students work with a partner.


Go over the worksheets at the end of class and listen for student’s response.

Follow Up:

Students can develop their own rhythm patterns and have other students perform them.

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