RHYTHM LESSON TRAJECTORY

Lesson 1 - Introduction to Rhythm Concepts

  •  Layers of rhythm
  • Big Beats (Macrobeats) vs. Little Beats (Microbeats)
  • Defining Meter
  • Beat vs. Flow
  • Continuous Flowing Movement

Lesson 2

  • Meter: Duple
  • Skill Level: Aural/Oral
  • Functions: Big Beats and Microbeats
  • Directions: 1. Move to Big Beats and Microbeats. 2. Listen to a series of patterns. Echo the patterns on a neutral syllable (BAH). 

Lesson 3

  • Meter: Triple
  • Skill Level: Aural/Oral
  • Functions: Big Beats and Microbeats
  • Directions: 1. Move to Big Beats and Microbeats. 2. Listen to a series of patterns. Echo the patterns on a neutral syllable (BAH). 

Lesson 4

  • Meter: Duple
  • Skill Level: Verbal Association
  • Functions: Big Beats and Microbeats
  • Directions: 1. Label Big Beats and Microbeats. 2. Listen to a series of patterns. Echo the patterns on using rhythm solfege.

Lesson 5

  • Meter: Triple
  • Skill Level: Verbal Association
  • Functions: Big Beats and Microbeats
  • Directions: 1. Label Big Beats and Microbeats. 2. Listen to a series of patterns. Echo the patterns using rhythm solfege.

Lesson 6

  • Meter: Duple & Triple
  • Skill Level: Improvisation
  • Functions: Big Beats and Microbeats
  • Directions: Listen to the pattern, and chant a pattern in response that is different.

Lesson 7

  • Meter: Duple
  • Skill Level: Aural/Oral & Verbal Association
  • Function: Divisions
  • Directions: 1. Label Divisions in Duple meter. 2. Listen to a series of patterns. Echo the patterns using rhythm solfege.

Lesson 8

  • Meter: Triple
  • Skill Level: Aural/Oral & Verbal Association
  • Function: Divisions
  • Directions: 1. Label Divisions in Triple meter. 2. Listen to a series of patterns. Echo the patterns using rhythm solfege.

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Andrew Mullen is a teacher, folk musician, multi-instrumentalist, song-writer, and lifelong learner. He has taught all levels of students in a number of subjects, and is currently a middle school teacher and curriculum coach in Burlington, Massachusetts. Mr Mullen holds Masters degrees in Music Education and School Administration, as well as certification from the Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML) in Elementary General and Early Childhood Music. He is currently entertaining Doctoral scholarships.

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