1. Topic-
Reading Music Rhythms
2. Content-
Time signature: 4/4, 2/4
Whole Notes
Half Notes
Quarter Notes
Eighth Note
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.To have the students understand the differences between 4/4 time and 2/4 time.
2.To have the students distinguish between the different type of notes.
3.To have the students read each set of notes in the correct way.
4. Objectives-
1.Focus on the small details that every musician tends to over look.
2.Work on tempo problems.
3.Work on articulations and breathing.
5. Materials and Aids-
Use TV, projectors, sheet music, radio, and music programs for the computer.
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1.Introduce time signature and explain what 4/4 and 2/4 time is.
2.Explain each note value.
3.Show how the music note lines up within the different time

B. Development-

1.Have a recording of each set of note being played in a pattern that will be easy for student to pick up and recreate.
2.Have the students listen to the recording and see if anyone can explain the notes in relation to the rhythm.
3.Demonstrate and explain how each note fits into place.

C. Practice-

1.First have the students speak the rhythm in tempo.
2.Then have the students clap the rhythm and try to maintain tempo.
3.Pass out drumsticks to the students(as long as they can clap the rhythm)as have them work on being attentive as well as drumming the rhythms.

D. Independent Practice-

1.Have a visual quiz where the students must just identify the note's name. ex: quarter, half, whole.
2.Have the students take a quiz on the time signature values.
3.Have a tests to evaluate the students full understanding of rhythms and time signatures.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1.Try having students learn in groups at first.
2.If students have trouble learning in groups, then do individual instruction.
3.If students still don't seem to grasp the complete concept, then suggest private lessons.

F. Checking for understanding-

1.Verbal test(just ask simple questions testing their knowledge of the information).
2.Have them write down what they know and hand it in.
3.Finally give a quiz or test once the students have prove they know the material,

G. Closure-

1.Give the students a rhythm that they must work out by themselves without any help from an instructor.
2.Offer extra credit for any student that can read the music and play it to a recording.
7. Evaluation-
1.Give a pre-test that doesn't count against their grades.
2.Give a post-test after all the material has been covered that will average into their final grade.
8. Teacher Reflection-
Try to base the lesson on something that younger students can relate with. The presentation would have been fine for high school or college students, but it was too advanced for elementary students to get the full benefit

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