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Musical Patterns

Aim: How can we identify musical patterns as being the same and different? 
Summary: Students identify musical form through movement. 
Standards: US 1, 5, 6; NYC 1, 2 
Modality: performing, responding 
Materials: student worksheet (Musical Patterns), white board, music examples 
Time Required: 10 minutes 

Instructions

  1. Play a well-known song with repeating patterns. You may use one of these examples:
    Download Teacher Worksheet: "Bluebird, Bluebird" and "Juba"
  2. Perform the song by singing. Have students create movements to show when the pattern changes. (Example: start singing in a seated position and stand when the pattern changes.)
  3. On the Musical Patterns student worksheet, clap the pairs of rhythms with students using call and response. Have students identify whether the rhythmic patterns are the same or different by circling the same or different picture.
    Download Student Worksheet: "Musical Patterns"

Video

Kindergarten Activity Exemplar: Musical Patterns

This video is an exemplar of an activity from Carnegie Hall’s Music Educators Toolbox entitled "Musical Patterns." Students identify musical form through movement.

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