Chair Drumming Rhythms - IN TREBLE CLEF For Beginners (Grades 3-9)
This Chair Drumming Rhythms product (in both COLOR
) helps students master the note names of the treble clef by assigning movements/actions to each note on the staff. For example: E = stomp, G = pat legs, B = clap hands, D = snap fingers, and F = shout “hey” and raise hands. It’s a great energizer, increases gross motor coordination, and supports students’ learning of the note names! Each page includes 5 exercises that grow progressively more difficult, plus a “challenge exercise” that students love to get competitive with! Each page also includes a simple review of the music staff, quarter notes, quarter rests, treble or bass clef, 4/4 time signature, bar lines, measures, and repeat signs, so this works effectively for first-time students as well.
This CHAIR DUMMING RHYTHMS IN TREBLE CLEF Resource for Beginners Includes:
Pg. 1: Title Page
Pg. 2: Thank You Page
Pg. 3: Other Great Resources
Pg. 5: Table of Contents
Pg. 6: About The Product
Pg. 7: Instructions
Pg. 8: NCA Standards Met
Pg. 9: Chair Drumming: F-A-C-E (COLOR)
Pg. 10: Chair Drumming: E-G-B-D-F (COLOR)
Pg. 11: Chair Drumming: E-G-B-D (COLOR)
Pg. 12: Chair Drumming: F-A-C-E (B+W)
Pg. 13: Chair Drumming: E-G-B-D-F (B+W)
Pg. 14: Chair Drumming: E-G-B-D (B+W)
Pg. 15: Credits
Display the first page (“notes of the spaces”) to the front of the class using a smart board or projector (or you can hand out double-sided copies for each student). If you’re handing out copies, it is best if the students use their music stands.
For beginners, this resource is a great introduction to the music staff, bar lines, measures, beat, treble clef, time signatures, and repeat signs. After identifying these key terms, have students practice saying the letter names of the spaces. I like to ask students to name the notes of a line as quickly as possible and raise a hand when they’ve finished. I time them and encourage them to do it faster each time, after which they can add the specific gestures/actions. If need be, I give students a minute to practice the movements on their own and use that time to work with individuals who need some extra help.
Each system has a start and end repeat, though you may find that doing each line once is a better pace once students get the hang of it. I suggest that students say and do the motions at the same time. Once students are confident with the motions, they should try counting “1, 2, 3, 4” while doing the movements.
I then like to move on to the “Notes on the lines (E-G-B-D-F)” page. I have included two versions: one uses the same four movements as before, and one has an additional movement for the top line “F,” for which students shout “hey” while raising their hands. Though this adds a level of difficulty by using an additional movement, I find that students really enjoy it! By this time, their coordination is improving, so adding another movement is a good challenge.
I suggest using these exercises regularly to get the students moving, having fun, and reviewing the letter names.
Great for CONDUCTING, too!
If your students are comfortable conducting, you can ask them to say the letter names while they conduct in 4/4. It’s quite challenging for most but even if students struggle with the correct pattern, it helps them feel the pulse and offers a different way of working through the exercises. I remind them that every note that follows the bar line is beat one, and that if they ever get off, to find one and jump back in.
When students are feeling more confident I like to have them play “Drop Out.” Everyone starts by standing and then sits after a mistake is made, and I encourage students to continue saying and doing the exercises even after making a mistake and sitting down.
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