• Grade 5: Rhythm and Meter

  • Improvising with Brazilian Samba

    Aim: How can we improvise with the rhythms of Brazilian samba?
    Summary: Students use samba rhythms and percussion to improvise in rondo form.
    Standards: US 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9; US 1, 2, 3, 4
    Modality: performing, responding, creating
    Materials: Brazilian surdo, tamborim, and agogô instruments (or instruments with similar sound qualities), Teacher Worksheet
    Time Required: 20 minutes
    This activity is part of: Music Educators Toolbox

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  • Instructions   |   Going Deeper   |   Assessment
  • MET K Instructions Rhythm and Meter
    1. Teach students four different Brazilian-inspired samba rhythms through call and response. Choose volunteers to take turns as the leader and also encourage students to try establishing other similar types of grooves.

      MET G5 SW-TW Improvising Samba
      Download Teacher and Student Worksheet:
      Brazilian Samba Rhythms and Instruments
    2. Once students are comfortable with the rhythms independently, put them together by splitting the class into four groups and choosing student volunteers who can use percussion instruments to lead their sections.
    3. Create a performance of the samba rhythms by interspersing the above rhythm section with a student soloist improvising in a rondo (ABA or ABACA) pattern.
     
  • MET K Going Deeper Rhythm and Meter
  • Please note that the resource below links to content outside of Carnegie Hall's Music Educators Toolbox.

    1. Learn more about the Brazilian samba and listen to excerpts of samba music:
      Carnegie Hall’s Voices from Latin America online resource  
    2. Have students discuss the following questions:
      What kinds of instruments do you hear?
      What feelings do you experience when you hear this music? Why do you think that is?
      What more would you like to know about Brazil and its music?