Second grade have been on a extended unit of rhythm and beat since the first week of school. The kids have learned that the beat is the underlying steady pulse in music, whereas rhythm is a combination of long and short beats and silences, most often organized in repeating patterns. As they learned this week melody is a pitch sequence riding on the back of such a rhythm pattern.
This week the students began to play around with the idea of adding pitches to their rhythm ideas from a 5 note la pentatonic pallet. The results are always very beautiful.