Grade 3 is learning how to spice up music with syncopated rhythms.
First we had to learn that eighth notes (Ta-Di) can be beamed together or separated and each have a flag. That means these two rhythms are performed the same way:
As are these:
Next, I asked, “What if I put a quarter note (Ta) in between two of those flagged eigth notes?”
Here are some other Syn-CO-Pa rhythms to practice:
Students, try this form for practice:
A Section: Sing “Three Little Monkeys”
B Section: Choose two pictures above to create an 8-beat pattern. Say it twice in a row (B Section).
Repeat. Mix and match your rhythm pictures as much as possible.
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