Sing and move to a song with different time signatures.
Sing a song with melody and harmony.
Write the following time signatures on the board: 4/4, 3/4, 2/4.
A time signature is a set of two numbers, one on top of the other one, written right after the key signature in a piece of music. The top number shows the number of beats per measure. The bottom number shows the kind of note that represents the beat.
In the score, how many times is 4/4 displayed? (12. The students should not include the time signatures at the end of the lines that indicate a new time signature appears on the next line.)
In the score, how many times is 3/4 displayed? (9)
In the score, how many times is 2/4 is displayed? (2)
Listen to the song. Challenge the students to move to the beat by using varying motions for each time signature. The teacher should demonstrate this activity first, then help lead the class.
Keep the beat in the 4/4 measures by moving this way: pat legs, clap hands, snap fingers, tap head. (Pat, clap, snap, tap)
Keep the beat in the 3/4 measures by moving this way: pat legs, clap hands, snap fingers. (Pat, clap, snap)
Keep the beat in the 2/4 measures by moving this way: pat legs, clap hands. (Pat, clap)
Sing the melody of the song.
Learn the harmony of the song.
The teacher demonstrates the harmony of the song by singing the optional notes that are cue size in the score for love, love, love and also the harmony at the end of the song for love is all you need.
Practice singing the harmonies together.
Divide the class into two groups; one sings the melody as the other sings the harmony. Then switch parts until all students can sing both parts with confidence.
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