Unit C2 – Rhythm

To successfully finish this unit, students should add the following concepts and note lengths to their repertoire:

  • single quavers
  • quaver rests
  • dotted crotchets (dotted crotchet – quaver rhythms)
  • fermatas

These can be in metres relevant to this stage or any of the preceding stages.

Students should also be able to explain what a dot does to the length of a note.

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Flash Cards

Our rhythm flash cards can be used to help students develop their rhythm reading skills, and can also help support other activities like composing or improvisation.

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Stage C 3-4 Notes and Rests
Stage C Rhythm Cards 3 Crotchets a Bar – Notes and Rests
Different rhythm combinations using: single quavers, quaver pairs, quaver rests, crotchets, dotted crotchets, and minims, in a 3 crotchets a bar metre.

Stage C Rhythm Cards 4 Crotchets a Bar – Notes Only
Different rhythm combinations using: single quavers, quaver pairs, quavers beamed in 4s, crotchets, dotted crotchets, and minims, in a 4 crotchets a bar metre.

Stage C Rhythm Cards 4 Crotchets a Bar – Notes and Rests
Different rhythm combinations using: quaver rests, single quavers, quaver pairs, quavers beamed in 4s, crotchets, and minims, in a 4 crotchets a bar metre.

 

Stage C Rhythm Cards 6 Quavers a Bar – Notes Only
Different rhythmic combinations using single quavers, groups of 3 quavers (beamed), crotchets, and dotted crotchets in a 6 quavers a bar metre.

Stage C Rhythm Cards 6 Quavers a Bar – Notes and Rests
Different rhythmic combinations using quaver rests, crotchet rests, single quavers, pairs
of quavers, groups of 3 quavers (beamed), crotchets, and dotted crotchets in a 6 quavers a bar metre.

 


Activities

  • Use our flash cards or your own to play some rhythm games with the student for example:
    • Set out 2 or more flash cards and clap or play one of them. Ask the student to identify which one. Swap roles.
    • Get the student to pick some flashcards at random (all of the same metre), and then ask them to arrange them and clap them. 4 is a good number to pick, so it sounds like a standard phrase. Give the student an opportunity to rearrange their cards if they wish, then re-clap. You could use this as the basis for a composing exercise.
    • Ask the student to play a scale in the rhythm they have selected (you may need to adjust the length).
  • For 6 quavers a bar, ensure students are comfortable with the pulse first. Reinforce this by getting them to clap a pulse at different tempos before clapping the rhythm
  • Try to link these exercise to their pieces by selecting rhythms they will need to play.

Worksheets

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C1/C2 Letters and Lengths Quiz
C2 Rhythm Quiz Single Quavers and Quaver Rests
C2 Rhythm Quiz Names and Lengths 1
C2 Rhythm Quiz Names and Lengths 2
C2 Rhythm Quiz Dotted Crotchets