• introduction to rhythmic patterns and looping
• teaching a balanced use of patterns
• extending this exercise, teach ABA structure or others
• melody writing using pentatonic or chord-based
• simple left hand chording
Many apps on tablets, computer software, and online resources are using looping. This activity could be an introduction to this.
Students could work in collaborative groups to choose the rhythm patterns, melody and accompaniment type. Performance could be with the use of traditional instruments - recorder, voice, flute, violin, piano, and basic percussion instruments (or homemade). Lyrics could be easily added to fit the melody to a subject theme.
Which rhythm examples are syncopated?
Which two rhythm patterns go well together? Why? (Looking for a balanced sound; not too busy, especially when you add a left hand piano part, bass, and melody) Use the sample piece to demonstrate this, adding one staff at a time.
Rhythm clap each example. Test the students’ ear training ability.
Using a multitrack app, record each part separately if you want to change the instrumentation, or add effects. GarageBand lets you sample sounds and then modify to create a variety of unique new sounds - Sampler.