Tag Archives: counting the beats

36/100 Samba by Numbers; 1 2 3 4

I’ve just added this to the samba page: Set up a steady vocal counting to 4: 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 allocate a number to each section, and see … Continue reading

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Issue 67: Music and Maths: Counting

“Music is the pleasure the human soul experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting” German mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (1646-1716) who co-discovered calculus from the website http://www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/lesser/M&Mquotes.html It took me years and years before … Continue reading

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Issue 21: Pulse Game; Counting to 8

This is a really simple activity and it can be played without any equipment. All you need is a clear signal for “stop” and “go”. When I joined the County Music Services, I was issued with a resource pack including a large, … Continue reading

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Issue 8: Stamp Stamp Clap Clap

This is a nearly foolproof (nothing is ever completely foolproof in my experience!) for teaching children to identify whether a piece of music has four beats in a bar, or three beats in a bar.  I was amazed at how quickly the … Continue reading

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