G6 U2 L3-4 INTRO – Rhythm, Notes and Rests

Learning how to play Rhythms

 Worksheets – Music-Theory-Worksheet-7-Rests-Stems

Counting quarter and eighth rests worksheet – draw in the counts

Workbook to Print – complete rhythm starter kit with note printouts – INSTRUMENT Families, and Etiquette


  • RHYTHM – the pattern of  regular or irregular pulses caused in music by the occurrence of strong and weak melodic and harmonic beats.
  • BEAT – a main accent or rhythmic unit or pulse in music or poetry.  The conductor or drummer give the beat of 1 2 3 4
  • METER – the rhythmic element as measured by division into parts of equal time value.  The unit of measurement, in terms of number of beats, adopted for a given piece of music.  Simple and Compound Meter – 4/4 or 6/8
  • SYNCOPATION – a rhythm pattern can become syncopated.  In music a shifting of the normal accent, usually by stressing the normally unaccented beats.  




Play as a class
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Working with a partner

Create two of your own word to rhythm combinations.  Can you notate them using rhythm notation?  Perform them for the class or another pair of students.





Below is a visual of how the note values can be compared to fractions of a circle


OK, let’s try answering the note value questions on this handout.

it all adds up worksheet


Let’s clap rhythms

Fooba Wooba guess rhythms

Worksheet Counting RHYTHM in 4:4 time


Meaning of Rhythm Game

  • Drums use to be used in Africa to communicate over long distances.
  • Let’s see if you can have a conversation with another student using rhythm










StarterClapping Call and Response Game

Teacher Led – clapping one or two measure patterns and student responding

Student PAIRS – same as above with students taking turn.




Time signature, Note values, and counting

COUNTING EXERCISE – play on drum pads or clap


Notice above that there each beat of a measure has the notes ‘beamed’ together to give you a visual sense that it is one beat or count of the measure.




Dotted notes and rests.


You can print out the sheet below for your reference

Understanding_Notes_and_Rests Reference_Sheet




More complex Sixteenth Note patterns

As a class try clapping these two beat rhythm patterns



Counting and Performing Different Rhythm Combinations with audio listening examples



Next, as a class try reading one measure rhythm combinations from the teacher’s rhythm cards.


Working with a partner try notating your own one measure rhythm combinations using whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes and rests.

  • add sixteenth notes and rests as well

  • try two measure combinations and the four measures

As a class try performing and counting this short rhythm piece.




Now try this one with triplets added





Let’s play a short snare drum solo with this reading exercise.


Below are two snare solos:

Try this one first = essential-beginners-snare-drum

Next, try this piece next which incorporates accents and rim playing = blue wool snare solo




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