Georgetown Middle High School
TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:
Computer running notation software
Prior Knowledge and Skills:
Students should have knowledge of various rhythmic values.
MENC Standards Addressed:
MENC 1: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
MENC 2: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
MENC 5: Reading and notating music.
MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
Students will know how where the downbeats lie in various rhythmic patters. Students will have a better understanding as to how rhythms relate to a steady pulse.
The teacher will write up a worksheet using notation software with various four-bar rhythmic patterns (without pitch). The teacher will show the students rules for how standard notation shows where downbeats are in rhythms.
Students will then have to indicate with a down arrow where the downbeats lie in the music.
After going over the downbeats, the teacher and students will sing with rhythm solfege each of the rhythms and then play the rhythms on their instruments.
Most assessment is informal as the teacher will listen to the group sing the rhythms and listen for common mistakes. However, the worksheet can be formally corrected to make sure all students understand where the downbeats lie in the notation.
The same lesson can be done with various meters and with increasing degrees of rhythmic complexity.
After doing several of these lessons, the teacher can create sight reading worksheets which do have different pitches to work with corresponding rhythm sheets.
Items to Purchase:
The teacher must have access to notation software, a photocopier, and paper.