This lesson plan (and accompanying PowerPoint) is designed to follow the tempo lesson plan, building upon the previous concepts (beat, tempo) and introduces rhythm. In the previous lesson students learned an slave work song, this lesson introduces a Navajo corn grinding song. You will need to find the accompanying song from the Making Music series by Silver-Burdett, entitled “Grinding Corn”, and the story book “Corn is Maize” (though the story time is optional). Feel free to use this lesson plan, but please credit me if you use the PowerPoint for any college education assignments. The lesson idea was taken from the Silver-Burdett Making Music kindergarten book. Enjoy!
Beat and Rhythm Lesson – K (word document)
Beat and Rhythm Lesson – Kindergarten (PowerPoint)
Kindergarten Lessons on Tempo, Beat, Rhythm, and Notation:
1. Get on Board
2. Grinding Corn
3. Spider Beat
4. Little Bear’s Beat
5. Snails on the Beat
About Lady Fair
Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family.
If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music."
Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.
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