The Kennedy Center: First Rhythmic Composition

Learning about the terms and symbols associated with music notation

This lesson introduces students to rhythm concepts, including the names and symbols associated with music notation. Students will fill in a chart that outlines names and meanings of rhythmic musical symbols. Then, using these symbols, they will clap rhythm sequences and compose their first compositions. They will also compare these rhythmic sequences to math concepts.

Math Topics
Fractions & Decimals
Music, Art, and Language Arts Topics
Music Theory
Middle School
6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

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