Friday, October 18, 2013

Second grade composition -- adding melody to our rhythm ideas

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.

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