Rest and note grouping is one of those things in music theory that takes a lot of practice. Plain and simple.
Early intermediate music students need to get to grips with this grouping system so they can compose rhythms and notate music correctly.
One of my favourite ways to review the rest and note grouping rules is using my relative rhythm cards (I’ve blogged about these rhythm cards before here).
After my students have watched the flipped Thinking Theory video (below) at home, we get lots of practice in class using these note value cards.
It’s much simpler in the beginning to see the relationships and rules for rest grouping using these cards which you can mix and match and move around. Then, we can use their Thinking Theory workbook for further review.
By the end of that they’ll be rest and note grouping pros!
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Grouping Rests Flipped Learning Video
In these videos, I teach students about rest grouping, using examples in simple time signatures. Feel free to send these videos to parents for their kids to watch, use it in group lessons or as part of lab time.
These videos are designed to be clear and concise so that students can watch them – and then get on with some writing work for reinforcement. Saving you time to do fun activities during the lesson time.
More Flipped Thinking Theory
If you liked this music theory video, you might also like these others:
- Flipped Basic Note Values
- Flipped Beginning Solfa
- Flip and Gameify Landmark Notes
- Flipped Time Signatures
- Flipped Note & Rest Values
- Flipped Dynamics
- Flipped Accidentals, Tones & Semitones
- Flipped Articulation Marks
- Flipped C and G Major Scales
- Flipped Tempo Marks
- Flipped Ledger Line Landmark Notes
- Flipped Intermediate Note Values
- Flipped Note Stem Rules
- Flipped Solfa Scale Singing
- Flipped D & F Major Scales
- Flipped Note Grouping/Beaming
- Flipped Expression Marks
Have you used relative rhythm cards before?
Did you find it helpful for teaching your students the note values? Share your thoughts in the Vibrant Music Studio Teachers community on Facebook or in the comments below.