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A good drumbeat can be the backbone of a song. It can make you want to tap your foot or dance!
Backbeat drum patterns are the most common drumbeats found in popular music; from early Rock and Roll, to modern Hip-Hop and Dance music, and everything in between!
In this lesson, students created a backbeat drum pattern using GarageBand to learn more about rhythm and rhythmic notation.
Learning Objectives for this lesson:
- Create a backbeat drumbeat.
- Understand the rhythms used to create a backbeat.
- Notate a drumbeat in different ways.
This activity puts music creation first.
Students had an opportunity to create music as a way to better understand rhythm and how to notate this.
Their creations were more personalised and had more musicality as a result of using GarageBand.
Students created backbeat rhythms - and variations on these - using the Beat Sequencer.
They also used audio recording to vocalise and tap out their drumbeat.
They used a Keynote journal to document the music they created, and then notate this.
🔗 Download the journal here to use with your students: bit.ly/BackBeatKeynote
🖇 Or, download the attachment below.
This lesson formed part of my Apple Teacher Portfolio as an ‘Explore’ lesson, but could be easily adapted and used as an ‘Apply’ lesson depending on the age, skill level, positioning of the activity, and has lots of opportunities for extension activities.
I used this lesson with my 1st Year Music class (12-13 years old), but it could easily be used in different contexts — not just with a music class! — with other age groups too!
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