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Lesson: 6th Grade Drumming/ Composing

Materials:
Drums
Whiteboard
Staff Paper
Pencils
Erasers

Objectives:
Students will be able to…
Keep a steady beat
Replicate rhythms given by teacher
Improvise over a steady beat
Compose rhythms

Procedure:
DO NOW
Students will walk in and read board
Do now will say “please QUIETLY come in, QUIETLY get a drum from any part of the
room, and PRACTICE the rhythm on the board. You have 5 minutes”
Teacher will take attendance while students complete DO NOW
Teacher will walk around while students decode rhythm
After 5 minutes, teacher will bring attention to the whiteboard
Teacher will go over rhythm with students
Go over ta, ti ti, tic a tic a, isolate any problem measures
Class will play rhythm all together
Have helpers pass out staff paper, pencils, and erasers
Have students write name and class at the top
Have students draw a line down the middle of the paper
Have students compose an 8 measure rhythm using tas, ti ti, and tic a tic
Students have 10-15 minutes to compose
Walk around to address any questions.
After 10-15 minutes and teacher checking the rhythm, students can practice the
rhythm on their drum
Put drums away, sheets on orange chair, line up
If time…
Have students share their rhythms with the class

Assessment:
4 3 2 1
Beat Students were Students were Students were Students were
able to keep a able to keep a able to keep a unable to keep a
steady beat all steady beat steady beat steady beat
of the time most of the time some of the time
Rhythm Students were Students were Students were Students were
able to replicate able to replicate able to replicate unable to
rhythms all of rhythms most of rhythms some of replicate
the time the time the time rhythms
Improvisation Students were Students were Students were Students were
able to able to able to unable to
improvise over a improvise over a improvise over a improvise over a
steady beat all steady beat steady beat steady beat
of the time most of the time some of the time
Composition Students were Students were Students were Students did not
able to compose able to compose able to compose compose a
a rhythm using a rhythm using a rhythm using rhythm using
tas, ti tis, and tic tas, ti tis, and tic tas, ti tis, and tic tas, ti tis, and tic
a tic a all of the a tic a most of a tic a some of a tic a
time the time the time

Evaluation:
Were students able to…
Keep a steady beat
Replicate rhythms given by teacher
Improvise over a steady beat
Compose rhythms

National Core Arts Standards Addressed:


(MU:Cr2.1.6)b Use standard and/or iconic notation and/or audio/ video recording to document
personal simple rhythmic phrases, melodic phrases, and two chord harmonic musical ideas.
(MU:Cr3.1.6)a Evaluate their own work, applying teacher-provided criteria such as application of
selected elements of music, and use of sound sources
(MU:Pr5.1.6)a Identify and apply teacher-provided criteria (such as correct interpretation of
notation, technical accuracy, originality, and interest) to rehearse, refine, and determine when a
piece is ready to perform.