1) Log onto the Rhythm Sequencer. Explain that in a few minutes everyone will have a chance to make their own rhythms by clapping, tapping and/or using animal sounds. Demonstrate the different sound options, by clicking on the names of each of the sounds on the Sequencer.
2) Then demonstrate how to make a non-syncopated rhythm by selecting an animal and then clicking on the 1st and 3rd beats of each measure for that animal. Then press “PLAY” to reveal the syncopated rhythm.
3) Click on several animals for the 1st and 3rd beats of each measure to demonstrate how to layer sound.
4) Ask your students for suggestions on what you could do to create a syncopated rhythm. (In one or two measures, move the emphasis to the 2nd or 4th beat to create an unexpected change from the existing pattern.) Work together with your students to create a simple syncopated beat.
5) Divide your students into small groups of 2-3 students and instruct each to create their own rhythms. If possible, ask the students to log onto the Rhythm Sequencer to create their own rhythms. If students do not have access to computers, encourage them to create rhythms using clapping, tapping, snapping and/or simple rhythm instruments. Remind students that their rhythms need to have a repeating pattern.
6) Encourage students to experiment with a variety of sounds and rhythms. Ask each group to create two rhythms to which they can dance. One should be a syncopated rhythm and one a very steady, predictable beat.
7) After students have created their rhythms, ask for volunteers to share their works with the rest of the class.