As a music educator, one of the most frustrating experiences that we face is learning that our students never fully learned how to read and count rhythms. Not only is this detrimental to the group, especially when sight-reading music, it can be a crippling blow to a young musician.
In response to this problem, I have developed an array of teaching materials to help me make sure that none of my students slip through the cracks without learning how to read rhythm. I have found these materials to be perfect for the beginner who is just starting to learn how to read music as well as the older student who needs a little extra help and review. This packet also includes information about time signatures. Although I have used these with band students, they would also be extremely helpful to orchestra, choir, and general music teachers as well. Included in this set are the following materials:
*Nine pages of full color instructional materials to be taught from, distributed to students, as well as posted on the wall for display. They are valuable additions to your students’ music binders.
*Six worksheets that cover time signatures and basic rhythm lines. The rhythm sheets allow you to teach whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, and eighth notes in a logical order. They can be used as tests, group work, or counting and clapping drills.
*Five 10-page powerpoint presentations that feature the rhythms contained in the rhythm worksheets. Each rhythm line has two slides. One slide shows only the rhythm, and the other slide has the rhythm as well as the corresponding counts underneath. These make it possible for you to go over the rhythm lines measure by measure if you have an annotation device such as a smart board, or you can review the whole line with the included “answer slide”.
I hope that you find these resources to be as valuable as I have.
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