Use of irregular time signatures can open a new world of musical opportunities for students, especially budding composers and admirers of improvisation. Typically described as irregular, unusual, odd, or complex, these time signatures have an odd rather than even upper number on the top (numerator) of the time signature.
These rhythms can be counted/beat in their basic denominator number, 4 being quarter note (crotchet) and 8 being eighth note (semiquaver) with the accent (<) on certain groups of rhythms. Melodies and word phrases can help make this activity more fun, and that is the purpose of this activity sheet.
Using notation software (Finale, Sibelius, ScoreCloud, noteflight), prepare rhythm patterns for students to clap to, or write melodies in another staff/track. They could notate the following activity into one of the above mentioned software packages/apps adding drum and chord parts with their melody.