- Let It Be- The Beatles- Quarter notes, eighth notes and rests, some sixteenth notes.
- I Love Rock n’ Roll- Quarter notes and rests, eighth notes, intro to sixteenth notes.
- Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer- Whole, half, quarter, eighth, and dotted half notes.
- I Want To Break Free-Quarter notes and rests, eighth notes, intro to sixteenth notes.
- Radioactive- Quarter notes and rests, dotted quarter notes, eighth notes.
- Let Her Go- Quarter notes and rests, dotted quarter note, eighth notes and rests, sixteenth notes and rests.
- Or explore more songs in the library.
If you follow this roadmap of songs you can cover each note/rest and give the students the knowledge they need to begin reading music. Use clapping, vocal syllables or instruments.
Lesson starter: Start the class by displaying a song from the recommended songs list, e.g. Let It Be by the Beatles. Introduce your students to quarter notes, eighth notes and corresponding rests. Turn off the vocals, pianos and guitars, but turn on the percussion tracks. Split the students into three groups. The first group will read the top rhythm line and the second group will read the middle and the third group the lower. Press play and practice clapping the rhythms with the help of the percussion tracks. Now turn on the rest of the instrument tracks but turn off the percussion. Let the students clap the rhythms themselves.
15 mins: Split the students into three groups. Using the song I Love Rock n’ Roll by Joan Jett, follow the same steps as in the lesson starter. Having trouble getting your groups to clap together? Pick three volunteers and challenge them to demonstrate the rhythms correctly for the class, then start adding students to the group until they are all playing the rhythms accurately together.
Lesson plan: Now it’s time to dig deeper. Teach the class the five most common note values that make up most music. Whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth notes and their corresponding rests. Using the song Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer you can teach all of these note values. Follow similar steps from the previous exercises and you will have covered all of these important note values.
- Analyze the rhythm notes in a new song in Solfeg.io. Did you find any new notations?
Goal aims: Playing melodies, bass lines, rhythms and chord progressions; Understanding different musical elements and building blocks.