Unit D02 – Rhythm

During this unit students should develop their rhythmic skills, learning and becoming confident in:

  • semiquavers
  • dotted quavers (and dotted quaver – semiquaver rhythms)
  • triplets (and playing simple quaver triplets)
  • syncopation
  • swung quavers

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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4 Crotchets a bar – Semiquaver groups (Notes Only)
Different rhythm combinations using: semiquavers (in groups of 4), single quavers, quaver pairs, crotchets, dotted crotchets, minims, and dotted minims, in a 4 crotchets a bar metre.

4 Crotchets a bar – Quaver/semiquaver pair groups (notes only)
Different rhythm combinations using: semiquaver pair-quaver groups (beamed), quaver-semiquaver pair groups (beamed) quaver pairs, crotchets, dotted crotchets- quaver rhythms, and minims, in a 4 crotchets a bar metre.

4 Crotchets a bar – Semiquaver/dotted quaver groups (notes only)
Different rhythm combinations using different mixtures of dotted quaver/semiquaver rhythms beamed in one and two beats, quaver pairs, crotchets, dotted crotchets-quaver rhythms, and minims, in a 4 crotchets a bar metre.

4 Crotchets a bar – Quaver triplets (Notes Only)
Introducing quaver triplet groups, in rhythms with crotchets and minims, in a 4 crotchets a bar metre. (Can you spot the mistake in one of these pictures? We have updated this on the PDF but have not got round to taking a new picture yet!)

3 Crotchets a bar – Quaver triplets (Notes and Rests) 
Introducing quaver triplet groups, in rhythms with crotchets, minims, and crotchet rests, in a 3 crotchets a bar metre.

4 Crotchets a bar – simple quaver-based syncopation (notes only)
Introducing the concept of syncopation using a quaver-crotchet-quaver rhythm, alongside crotchets, minims, and groups of quavers beamed in pairs and fours.


Activities

  • Continue to encourage students to clap a steady pulse when starting to learn a new piece.
  • Clap new rhythms, and remind students to check a new piece for these before playing.
  • Use our flash cards above to reinforce new rhythms and note values
    • Encourage listening and aural skills by clapping one of two rhythm cards and asking the student to identify which card you performed.
    • Build on composing skills by using our flash cards as a starting point for a new piece.

Worksheets
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Stage D Letters and Lengths Quiz
Identify notes up to 2 ledger lines above and below the bass clef stave, and note lengths including semiquavers and/or dotted quavers.

Stage D Rhythm Quiz Duo
Two worksheets introducing new note lengths for this stage: dotted quavers and semiquavers.