This lesson is about the basics of the rhythm - students will use the online class “Simple rhythms in songs” with robot chatbot guidance as home assignment. Students will learn to clap the quarter notes, eight notes, half notes, whole notes and rests in the chosen song. Practical tasks are based on clapping and will not need to use rhythm instruments (if students have drums or some percussion, they can start with clapping and then transit to a rhythm instrument). Lesson consists of setting up the online class, inspiring part, home assignment with explanation what will happen in the chatbot class and knowledge test (that also can be in the beginning of the next lesson).
⏰ Time: 45 min
🎓 Grades: 5-12
- Clapping and understanding simple rhythms;
- Beats and upbeats;
- Understanding different musical elements and building blocks;
- Rhythm patterns and subdivisions
🎼 Cross-curricular element: Instrument groups, Music genres, drumming
💡 Prior Knowledge: Rhythm values
💻 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 - Starting class with inspiration
Teacher (student microphones are on mute)
- Choose a song from the ‘Song suggestions’ list. For example, ‘Timebomb‘ by Walk The Moon. 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 other instruments are there? Etc..
- Select one student for each question to answer
🕐 10 min - Tell about the simple rhythm
- Show the rhythm pyramid and explain students what are the functions of rhythm and basic elements of it (Rhythm is everything pertaining to the temporal quality (duration) of the musical sound. /Harvard Dictionary Of Music/)
- Discuss about how the rhythm values are equal to each other;
- Share the screen, show the images, count the beats and clap the example (according to the song - in ¾ or 4/4)
🕐 15 min - How to give home assignment
- Show the ‘Classes’ section and find the class ‘Simple rhythms in songs’
- 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;
(would be done 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 chatbot class ‘Simple rhythms in songs’ and clap the rhythm exercises they’ve learned.
- Select students one by one for each performance.
- Discuss, how did they do?