Introducing Beat Lesson 1

Concepts:
Beat,

Supporting Resources

Objectives

  • I can define what beat is.
  • I can keep a steady beat.

Teaching Procedure

1 Beat is the pulse in music.

What do Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Beethoven's ninth symphony, and Taylor Swift's Shake it Off have it common?

They all have a beat!

Beat is the pulse in music.

Watch the video to learn about beat! Grab an unpitched instrument and follow along to the activities! The more you participate, the more you'll start to feel the beat! Good luck!

2 Checkup 1

Were you paying attention?!

Complete the sentence by choosing one of the terms.

Beat is the __________ in music.

a) rhythm
b) pulse

3 Checkup 2

Let's try another one!

Complete the sentence by choosing one of the terms.

A tool we can use to measure beat is a __________.

a) timer
b) metronome
c) hot dog

4 Checkup 3

Last one!

Complete the sentence by choosing one of the terms.

Each time a metronome clicks it’s one _______.

a) beat
b) rhythm
c) lettuce

5 Tap on the beat!

In the following interactive activity, listen to the metronome and tap on the beat. Tap on the beat for 8 beats in a row to continue to the next metronome speed! Each question is at a different speed so keep your ears open!

6 Assessment Suggestions

1. Have your students answer the three checkup questions.
2. Have your students send you a screenshot of them successfully finishing the interactive activity.