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Practice Rhythmic Dictation Games, rhythm syllables, and literacy.

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Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 22:29:06 -0500
Subject: MFC- Rhythm dictation"

"Marcia Oates" wrote:

Gregg brought up the subject of rhythm dictation. One of my favorites! I especially like the way this appeals to the "left-brained" highly mathmatical (future engineers?) in my classes. They are thrilled to find something in my class that actually has a "right and wrong answer"!!!!

Seriously, my kids love dictation. I have one of Cheryl Lavendar's Rhythm Bingo Games and it is a great lead in to the dictation process. Dictation is great practice for when my students begin to notate some of their own compositions.


5th grade rhythm games by Mrs. C on 11/05

My kids love rhythm bingo. I usually clap the first round ofrhythms for them and the "winner" gets to come up front and be the next caller. If they are nervous about being put on the spot, I let them have a friend come up and help. After the first round, I am off the hook!

We also do a rhythm relay. Divide into 2 teams. Each team has 4 kids sitting in chairs one behind the other with one hand on the shoulder of the person in front of him/her. The 2 teams are now in parallel lines, but close enough that you can reach them both at the same time. The kid in the front chair is facing the chalk/white board. The 2 teams are now in parallel lines, but close enough that you can reach them both at the same time. The leader, (me again for the first round), chooses a 4 beat rhythm from a set of flashcards, or the rhythm bingo cards mentioned above. The leader silently taps the chosen rhythm on the shoulders of the 2 players in the back at the same time and each one passes it forward. The person in front then jumps up and notates the rhythm on the board. The team that gets it correct first, wins the point and then everyone rotates forward one seat until everyone has had a chance to play. Good Luck!

Rhythm Bingo by Kristin Goodwin Grades: 4-6 Objectives:

Students will:

1. Identify types of notes and rests; treble and bass clefs.

Activity: rhythm bingo

Preparation: Make up bingo cards using the word "music" across the top instead of "bingo." Make the center a free square and the rest of the squares (bingo card should be 5x5) should contain different notes and rests and clefs and anything you want to review.

Process: Pass out bingo cards and a small piece of paper (to rip up for game pieces.) Play bingo as usual.

The kids love games!

HINT: When teaching the sixteenth note syllable, there are several choices, such as 'ti-ka' or 'ti-ri.' I learned somewhere that it is easier to see which students are saying it correctly if you use 'ti-bi.' The reason is because you can see their lips moving each time, where as with some others you cannot. This helps if you have lots of students in one room saying it at the same time!


Rhythm Using the Sense of Touch Multisensory Approach

Bonnie Lomax says : I use Kodaly rhythm syllables ta and ti-ti in 1st grade. We go from words to ta's by deciding how many sounds (syllables) are in the word. The children find this much easier if they 'put the word in their hand'.

They tap two fingers in one hand and say the word. We also write the rhythms with our bodies. In 1st grade I use four pieces of blue paper cut into puddles (beat) and the children write the rhythm for "Rain, Rain Go Away." One child stands on a puddle for a ta and two children together with arms ON, not over, each others shoulders stand on a puddle to make a ti-ti. We use also use dog bones for beat or whatever fits the song. By 2nd grade the students no longer need the beats and can write rhythms with their bodies using some pretty creative notation.

You Don't need Drums just sticks and a suitcase will work just fine. Sivamani - Solo Performance at Berklee College of Music
Orff Schulwerk Ta Ta Ti-Ti Ta will work just fine :-) instruments