This lesson is about the sixteenth notes in the rhythm section of a song - students will use the online class 'Playing the sixteenth notes' with robot chatbot guidance as a home assignment. Students will learn to count the sixteenth notes, tap exercises on the table surface along with the chosen song, and take a quiz to test their knowledge. Practical tasks are based on tapping on the table, and will not need the use of rhythm instruments. (If students have drums or percussion instruments, they can start with tapping on the table and then switch to a rhythm instrument). The lesson consists of setting up the online class, inspiring part, home assignment with an explanation of what will happen in the chatbot class, and a knowledge test, which can also be at the beginning of the next lesson.
⏰ Time: 45 min
🎓 Grades: 5-12
- Playing and understanding sixteenth notes;
- Beats and upbeats;
- Understanding different musical elements and building blocks;
- Rhythm patterns and subdivisions
🎼 Cross-curricular element: Instrument groups, music genres, drumming; counting; fast spelling, coordination
💡 Prior Knowledge: Rhythm values; Basic rhythms
💻 Teaching aids:
- Solfeg.io app best used with Chrome browser
- Computer and access to WIFI
- (optional) Percussion instruments
!!! If this is the first online setup lesson for your class, we recommend starting with an onboarding lesson using this presentation explaining how solfeg.io works. Download it here. If the class is more than 10 students, this might take some 30 minutes to register and go through the app.
🤳 Video conference call provider:
- We recommend Google Hangouts, you can read how to set it up and download it here.
📣 Class announcement template: download here
Start of your lesson
🕐 10 min - Setting up an online classroom
- Send a video conference call link to the students and encourage them to make this call via mobile device for optimal sound management. Make sure that everyone can hear and see you;
- Ask students to log into Solfeg.io on their desktop devices for the optimal experience.
- After it’s done, ask students to mute their microphone on devices to hear you clearly. If they want to ask something, they should unmute.
🕐 5 min - Inspire your students
Teacher (student microphones are on mute)
- Choose a song from the ‘Song suggestions’ list. For example, ‘No Money‘ by Galantis. Tell your students about the song. You can pick some facts from the song description.
- Share the screen, click ‘Play’ and ask students to pay attention to the sound of rhythm instruments.
Students unmute microphones, while answer
- Discuss the song, for example,
What rhythm instruments do they hear in the song? What rhythm values do they see in the song? How many rhythm lines does this song have? Etc.
- Select one student for each question to answer.
🕐 10 min - Tell about the simple rhythm
- Share the screen, show the rhythm pyramid, and explain to students what the sixteenth notes are.
- Discuss about how the rhythm values are equal to each other;
- Show the image, count the beats and tap with the Right (R) and Left (L) hands as written in this example:
- Discuss about how the rhythm values are equal to each other.
🕐 15 min - How to give home assignment
- Show the ‘Classes’ section and find the class ‘Playing the sixteenth notes’
- Tell students that chatbot will ask them questions and they should click on the answers, watch the videos and repeat exercises that robot Sol gives.
- Share the screen and show how the chatbot class works;
(you can also do this at the beginning of the next class)
🕐 10 min - Test your students knowledge
- Select any of the students and ask to unmute their microphone when performing.
- Ask to play the song they chose in the chatbot class ‘Playing the sixteenth notes’ and to clap the rhythm exercises they’ve learned.
- Select students one by one for each performance.
- Discuss, how did they do?