No matter whether you call them quavers, eighth notes, titis, or something else again – students can struggle to fit these subdivisions in evenly.
Experiencing how crotchets against quavers feels in the body is an important step towards real understanding of what those funny beamed notes are.
In this video, you’ll see us working on stamping and clapping crotchets against quavers. This can be done with lots of different beat subdivisions and you can get really creative with the actions too.
Before trying the combination (especially with younger students) try each action separately. Then get the stamping going before adding the clapping of the subdivisions.
For more activities like this, check out the book Rhythm One on One by Stephen F. Moore. There’s tons of great active rhythm ideas in there.
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