At the beginning of every class, we practice different routines like echo songs, a dance of the month and maintaining a steady beat. A new challenge in Grade 1 and 2 is keeping a steady beat while patting and clapping with a partner.
There are many reasons hand clap exercises are great for young musicians. Coordination, self-control and practicing rhythm and beat. I recently read an article that perfectly describes why hand clap games are so awesome! Click here to read "20 Reasons I Love Hand Clap Games".
Here are some photos of Mrs. Rempel's Grade 1 students mastering their hand clap skills:
In Grade 2, we continued our quarter note and eighth note practice by reinforcing the difference between "ta" (quarter note) and "ti-ti" (eighth note pair). The added bonus is we get to have a literacy focus while practicing new rhythm notes!
Arts Ed teacher for Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students at Grant Road School