Rhythm is the foundation for understanding music and for some primary school kids it can be a challenge to grasp.
Using songs they are familiar with is a great way to teach kids about rhythm / duration, these three songs are the perfect platform for discovery.
- Sing the song Hickory Dickory Dock. Have students accompany you with the sounds of a ticking clock (tick, tock, tick, tock) using either their voices, body percussion or percussion instruments to demonstrate the beat with.
- Play Popcorn and ask students to copy you walking around the room to the beat of the song. Extension: Ask students to add a clap on beat 1, to develop students understanding of beat grouping, which is called time signature in music. This song is in common time and is counted 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4… Click here for the song.
- Organise students into pairs and handout one ball per group. Play The Singing Walrus (you can grab it here) and have students pass the ball back and forth with their partners to the beat. Students can also bounce the ball when passing, or hold the ball for two or four beats between throws depending on their level of understanding.
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