Exploring Music and Rhythm

Exploring Music and Rhythm

Students experience music and rhythm, and learn to play a basic "C" scale and two songs on a xylophone. Students learn that their voice and body is a complex musical instrument. They will explore rhythm patterns using rhythm sticks, and learn to read basic musical notation. Students also gain insight into how music and musical instruments have evolved.

Grade 3
Content Area Fine Arts
Key Benchmark

Art Form Music
Art Benchmark 3.2.1 Use the notation of whole, half, quarter, eighth notes.
School Year 2009-2010
Artist Jamilla Hannaford
Unit Plan

Lesson Plans

The Most Complex Instrument on the Planet

Students learn that their bodies are the most complex instruments on the planet. They learn a song that includes 5 languages and hand movements. They are introduced to the concept of 3/4 time, rhythm, and basic notation. They also hear the story behind the music for "Thirty Six Witches."

Notes and Rhythms

Students review the notation and rhythms of the first song taught in Lesson One. Then they use rhythm sticks to tap out the rhythms of whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, and eighth notes while singing the song. Next they use the notation for "Thirty Six Witches" to tap out the rhythm.

Xylophone Time

Students review their two songs and then learn the notation for the "C" scale. Xylophones are then handed out and students learn to play their songs on the instrument, using correct rhythm.

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