Background Information

The aim of lesson 7 is to learn the definitions, appearances and functions of the ‘3 Beats’, ‘Rest’ and ‘Pause’ signs in a piece of music. This is a lesson on rhythm and is designed to help improve concentration and coordination, as well as counting and is a great way to test the child’s development so far through the course.

Index for the table:

1. Discussions

2. Definition of Rhythm

3. Exploring Rhythm in the Lesson

4. New Characters

1. Discussions:

The theme of patterns and sequences will be discussed and explored through the introduction to ‘rhythm’ within a piece of music.
The discussion allows pupils to correlate mathematical concepts .
  • This helps express themselves and show their thoughts about emotions and what they are.
  • It provides insight into how each child understands the world around them, using practical activities to develop social skills and group interaction.
 2. Definition of Rhythm: Definition: 

Rhythm derives from the greek word Rhythmos meaning symmetry, pattern and harmony.

Rhythm generally refers to the repeated sequence of beats (a pattern e.g. 123, 123) in a piece of music. Understanding rhythm in music is an extremely important aspect in our enjoyment of any genre. Every single piece of music follows a rhythm. It’s ingrained in the underlying structure.

Little background information is required for rhythm lesson – just follow the preparation step-by-step.

3. Exploring Rhythm in the Lesson:

This is a lesson on rhythm and is designed to help improve concentration and coordination, as well as counting.

Firstly, we will look at ‘3 Beats’. Every piece of music has a time signature that helps musicians keep in time with the music and gives it a natural rhythm. In Voyage to the Moon the time signature is ¾ – this means that there are 3 beats in each bar.

In order to introduce the 3 beat rhythm to the class, we will look at the chorus/Prince’s song, as this is where the rhythm is easiest to follow.

The second part of the lesson introduces the Pause and Rest signs – the activities further development of concentration and understanding of beats and timing, as they must respond to the pause sign through various activities in the lesson.
 As you will see in the video (found in the preparation section), you are able to clap the beat 1-2-3 throughout the whole chorus (and rest of the music). 
These are fun exercises aimed to engage the children with the basic background of the structure of the piece. The use of clapping and playing untuned instruments is encouraged in this lesson.

4. New Characters:

Within the animated story the children will be introduced to the 3 Beat Beanies – Betty, Bobby and Baz.

These 3 beats appear when the Prince and his friends land on the moon and meet Princess Fantasia for the first time. The reason that they appear is because the Prince and Princess speak different languages however both know how to play music, which means they have a language in common; it is the way they communicate.