Aim: How can we identify, create, and perform rhythms from around the world?
Summary: Students explore a variety of rhythms from around the world.
Standards: US 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10; NYC 1, 2, 3, 4
Modality: performing, responding, creating
Materials: audio excerpts of various world rhythms, Student Worksheet
Time Required: 20 minutes
- Teach students three rhythms inspired by music from around the world (see Student Worksheet.) Use body percussion to play each rhythm as a class. Clap along with listening tracks.
What similarities do you notice among the rhythms?
- What differences do you notice among the rhythms?
Download Student Worksheet
- Once students are comfortable with clapping the rhythms, experiment by performing with different tempos, dynamics, and instruments.
- Create an arrangement that uses each rhythm in succession.
- Create an arrangement that has different groups performing different rhythms at the same time.
- What similarities and differences do you notice among the rhythms?
- What was it like to perform multiple rhythms at the same time?
- Are there certain rhythms that you think sound best together? Why do you think that is?
- Invent a name for a new part of the world or universe. Create a new rhythm that would come from the part of the world that you named and perform this rhythm in the arrangement with the other world rhythms.
- Add a melody to each of the rhythms.
- Use text from a poem or story that relates to each area of the world to add lyrics to the arrangement.
- Have students research and listen to songs from different parts of the world. In small groups have them explore these questions as they listen:
What rhythms do you hear in this song?
- What instruments do you hear?
- What part of the world do you think this song is from? What do you hear in the music that makes you think that?