Rhythm Activity Games

 

Rhythm Activity Games using Little Hands On Rhythm

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Classroom Teachers and Private Lesson Teachers

Classroom

Rhythm Activity Games -Assessment ideas

Note:  Placing the Basic Beat on the Rhythm Board is a reference to show the beat value of notes and rests in the rhythm in terms of the number of quarter notes they are equal to.  Ex - the half note must have two quarter notes shown above in the basic beat.   The dotted half note must have three quarter notes shown above in the basic beat.   The activity ideas can be adapted accordingly.

 Which Bar Did You Hear?  - Rhythm Recognition.  The teacher makes up four bars of rhythm on the rhythm board. The teacher then claps one of the four bars.  The class claps back the rhythm they heard.  The class them identifies which bar of rhythm is a visual representation of the rhythm they heard.  *Suggestion - One student can tap out the Basic Beat on a drum as a metronome pulse while the rhythm is being presented. This will give students an auditory(drum) and visual (Basic Beat) reference as well as setting a tempo.

*The rhythm can be easily changed by re-arranging the manipulatives if the teacher wishes to continue the game.  Students can participate in this activity.

Make it Appear – Rhythm Dictation.  Divide the class into groups of two or three students per group.  Clap and count one bar of rhythm for the students in group #1 to represent on the rhythm board using the manipulatives and beat counters and bar lines.  Have the students in the group clap and count their rhythm.  The class repeats the rhythm.  The teacher then claps and counts a rhythm for group #2 to present on the rhythm board. The student in group #2 clap and count the rhythm.   This again will be copied by the class. Once four bars of rhythm are presented on the board the class claps and counts all four bars of rhythm.  The game continues until all groups have participated.

*Suggestion – To set an even tempo and present a grid for the rhythm, elect one student from each group to tap out the Basic Beat on a drum, starting with a bar lead in.

What is missing? -  Present incomplete bars of rhythm for the students to correct by adding the missing note/rest values.  If you have certain note and rest values the students are learning, have them on the black board for the students to choose from along with the beat counters.  This exercise requires students to use their math skills to match the beat value of the notes and rests per bar with that of the Time Signature.

 

Build A Bar   Using the Random Rhythm Card Set.  Prepare the cards by selecting all the numbered cards and four wild cards (Instruments Cards) from the deck.  Shuffle the cards. Set up the board using a time signature and corresponding basic beat.    Each student in turn chooses the top card from the card set and places on the rhythm board a note(s) or rest value(s), that match the value of their card. They complete their turn by adding the beat counters that represent the beats they have added to the bar.  Once a bar is complete, as shown with the addition of the bar line, the class claps the rhythm. The game can be repeated until each student has had a turn.  The teacher can decide if the bars of rhythm are built consecutively or randomly. 

*For students who are not ready for the beat counters, teachers and students can come up with words, whose syllables match the beat value of the notes and rests.

 

Happy Teaching!

 

Private Lessons - Rhythm Activity Games 

Note:  Placing the Basic Beat on the Rhythm Board is a great reference to show the beat value of notes and rests in the rhythm in terms of the number of quarter notes they are equal to.  Ex - the half note must have two quarter notes shown above it in the basic beat.   The dotted half note must have three quarter notes above it in the basic beat. 

 

Which Bar Did You Hear?  - Rhythm Recognition.  The teacher makes up four bars of rhythm on the rhythm board. The teacher then claps one of the four bars.  The student claps back the rhythm they heard then identifies which bar of rhythm is a visual representation of the rhythm they heard.  The rhythm can be easily changed by re-arranging the manipulatives if the teacher wishes to continue the game.  Students can participate in this activity.

Make it Appear – Rhythm Dictation.  The teacher or student prepares the rhythm board by placing a Time Signature and the corresponding Basic Beats on the board.  The teacher claps and counts one bar rhythm (the student can tap out the basic beat of the rhythm). The student Claps and Counts the rhythm back, then notates the rhythm on the rhythm board using the manipulatives

*Suggestion – To set an even tempo and present a grid for the rhythm, the teacher can tap out the Basic Beat while the student repeats the rhythm.  The tempo should be slow to allow the student to interpret how the rhythm aligns with the basic beat.  

What is missing? -  Present incomplete bars of rhythm for the student to correct by adding the missing note/rest values.  If you have certain note and rest values the student is learning, only present those note/rest values as options.  This exercise will require students to use their math skills to match the beat value of the notes and rests per bar with the Time Signature.  This will be easier if the student uses the Basic Beat as a guide.

Build A Bar   This is a game for both teacher and student to play. Using the Random Rhythm Card Set.  Prepare the cards by selecting all the numbered cards and four wild cards (Instruments Cards) from the deck.  Shuffle the cards. Set up the board using a time signature and corresponding basic beat.    The student chooses the top card from the card set and places on the rhythm board a note(s) or rest value(s), that match the value of their card. They add the beat counters that represent the beats they have added to the bar.  The teacher and student take turns until a bar is completed. Once a bar is complete, as shown with the addition of the bar line, the student and teacher clap the rhythm. The game can be repeated until all four bars are complete.  The teacher can decide if the bars of rhythm are built consecutively or randomly. 

It All Fits! -  Set up the Rhythm Board with a Time Signature and Basic Beat. Place in front of the student note and rest values that add up to four bars of rhythm.  The purpose of the game is for the student to use all the pieces by correctly placing them on the rhythm board. The student then claps and counts their rhythm.

These are a few ideas that you can use and adapt.  If you come up with other ideas and want to share them, please let send them along! 

 Happy Teaching!