Saturday, November 2, 2013

PLN Resources: Rhythmic Labeling and BANG!

One the greatest benefits of social media (blogs, twitter, facebook, etc.) is to share professional resources. Below are a few I have found most interesting this time around.

A major refocus in my teaching this year is around the topic of rhythmic literacy. This week, I found two helpful approaches. The first is an additional (yet simple) step in an approach I already utilize: rhythmic labeling. While I already stress the vertical alignment of the counting below the given rhythms (e.g., 1+2+3+4+), Dan Shure recommends circling the labels where sound is initiated. This better links the notation and the counting system.

The second is a rhythmic game, best accomplished in smaller student groups, called BANG! You can read more about it and download free printables here

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