• Kindergarten: Form and Design

  • 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
    This activity is part of: Music Educators Toolbox

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  • Instructions   |   Going Deeper   |   Video   |   Assessment
  • MET K Instructions Form and Design
    1. Play a well-known song with repeating patterns. You may use one of these examples:
      MET Kindergarten A6 TW Blue Bird
      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.)
  • MET K Going Deeper Form and Design
  • 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.

    MET Kindergarten A6 SW Music Patterns
    Download Student Worksheet:
    "Musical Patterns"
  • MET K Video Form and Design

  • Musical Patterns Video

    Summative Assessment Exemplar: Form and Design