Clapping on the Beat

A n introductory music activity to introduce the concept of the beat versus the rhythm. The beat is a steady pulse, like a heartbeat. It sets the tempo/speed of the music.  When you take the beat and divide it up in to patterns that is called rhythm

step 1

Show the students how to keep a beat by clapping a steady beat with your hands and counting 1,2,3,4.  Invite students to follow along by clapping, snapping, or patting.

step 2

Maintain the beat for about 1 minute.  Encourage the group to stay together very steadily without speeding up.   Try to sound like one pulse.  

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