Producing Steady Beat

Producing Steady Beat

Vivian Gerrietts
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Delavan CUSD #703

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation Software
Instructional Software
Productivity Tools




General Music


Notepad, Finale, Music Ace Doodle Pad or Sibelius itunes, ipod or CD player and CD’s


46-120 (or 4-5 25 minute sessions Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

read and play and write quarter notes and quarter rest play and read conga/tubano notation clap, stomp, march steady beat

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 4: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
MENC 5: Reading and notating music.
MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
MENC 7: Evaluating music and music performances.


computer lab or computer with a notation program CD player, CD’s (Go-Go’s, Huey Lewis, Amy Grant, Herman’s Hermits) ipod and itunes and songs for steady beat


Review and reinforce steady beat (3-8) Perform steady beat with taped music
Perfom steady beat on drums alone and in group
Notate steady beat on white boards and in Notepad or other notation software


Topic: Producing Steady Beat

Objective: Review and reinforce steady beat
Perform steady beat in the group
Notate steady beat
on white boards,
and in Notepad/Finale/Music Ace Doodle Pad

1a. Singing with others
2. Performing alone and with others
4. Composing and arranging with guidelines
5. Reading and notating music
6. Listening and analyzing and describing music (same and different)
7. Evaluating music (same and different rhythms)

Tech areas: 3. NOTE (Notation Finale, Notepad or Music Ace Doodle Pad)
4. CAI (itune library or ipod)
5. MULTI (CD system, CD’s)

Materials: computers with notation software, printer
CD player and CD’s or itunes collected on play list or ipod loaded with tunes
CD player or itunes and ipod
White boards and markers
Rhythm sticks, drums

Review steady beat
Sing and clap Clap Your Hands
Tap Your Toes
Stomp or march your feet
Macarena dance/move with actions
Hand Jive We Go Together

Perform Steady Beat
Play with rhythm sticks or clap from flash cards
Play to beat songs Every Heartbeat Amy Grant
We’ve Got The Beat The Go Go’s
– Huey Lewis
– Herman’s Hermits
Play or clap up to 16 beats in succession, break, 16 more
8 beats in succession for struggling classes or grade levels

Notate steady beat on white boards
Use Kodaly “ta symbols
Note heads may be added
Change one beat to the silent equivalent

Play as solos and by class examples by volunteers
Discuss same and different

Open Notepad, Finale, or Music Ace
Set up page using Wizard and choose percussion notation line
Conga in Finale
Bass Drum in Note Pad
???? in Music Ace Doodle Pad
Choose quarter note and enter
Practice using: simple entry clicking notes in
Arrow notes in
Cut and paste after 4 measures are done.
Use notes above line and below line, add accents to notes below line
Save for later use.

Play from notated screen on rhythm sticks
Change to drums and play the high and low tones
Play first as 8 beat echoes
Play as 4 beat question and answer

Change notation and play new theme.
In measures 5-8 put a rest on beat 4
m. 9-12 put a rest on beat 3 and 4
m. 13-16 put a rest on beats 2,3, and 4

Play on drums as echo, q and a and then the entire example

Revert to saved version and write in rests as student determines in 4 beat phrases.

Play/practice your example, your neighbors, play yours for the class and finally the entire class will play each example.

Print example to take home and practice

Assess: observe how well and if students could play up to 16 beats to the chosen tunes
Recognition of same and different
observe how students play examples as solos
observe how well the group stays together when playing examples


Observation of students ability

Follow Up:

replacing quarter with rests world drumming using hi and low sounds on the conga many more possibillies

Items to Purchase:

rhythm sticks tubanos or congas – from $25-200…

When budget should be submitted:


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