Unit D2 – 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

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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 D Rhythm Cards 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.

Stage D Rhythm Cards 4 Crotchets a Bar (Notes Only):
Quaver – Semiquaver Pair Groups and Semiquaver Pair – Quaver Groups
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.

Stage D Rhythm Cards 4 Crotchets a Bar (Notes Only):
Dotted Quaver – Semiquaver Groups and Semiquaver – Dotted Quaver Groups
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.

Stage D Rhythm Cards 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.
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Stage D Rhythm Cards 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.

Stage D Rhythm Cards 4 Crotchets a Bar Simple Quaver 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.


Worksheets
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D1 & D2 Letters and Lengths Quiz
D2 Rhythm Quiz Semiquavers Introduction
D2 Rhythm Quiz Dotted Quavers Introduction


Repertoire

Semiquavers

Einaudi Graded Pieces 1
Petricor – pg 35 (Stage E elements)
Song for Gavin – pg 39 (Stage E/F elements)
Experience – pg 46 (Stage E elements)
Andare – pg 53
Divenire – pg 56

Mosaic Volume 1
Mariposa Hermosa – pg 30 (Stage E elements)

New Horizons Book 1
Funk Blues – pg 20 (Stage E elements)
The Chromatic Rag – pg 22 (Stage G elements)

Dotted Quaver/Semiquaver

Mosaic Volume 1
Lullaby for my Sweetheart – pg 13 (Stage C elements)

Dotted Quavers (6/8)
Einaudi Graded Pieces 1
Divenire – pg 56

Syncopation

Einaudi Graded Pieces 1
Indaco – pg 42 (Stage E/F elements)
Andare – pg 53
Night – pg 59 (Stage E elements)
Time Lapse – pg 61 (Stage E elements)

Mosaic Volume 1
Grey Skies – pg 31 (Stage E/F elements)

New Horizons Book 1
Sun’s Out – pg 9 (Stage D/E elements)

Piano Star 1
These pieces are great as an introduction to syncopation (either implicitly or explicitly)
Top-Down Tortoise – pg 24
My Best Sandwich – pg 25
Bouncing Ball Bop – pg 27
Shopping Trolley Rag – pg 28
Who Built the Ark? – pg 32