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Rhythm reading  |  Explore and create: compose your own melody!
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Enjoy these structured musical activities that we have prepared especially for you to continue your learning at home...

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Rhythm reading

The video below is going to teach you how to read rhythms. It uses the sounds:

  • Ta (sounds like car)
    Ti-Ti (sounds like tea-tea)

The video helps you keep a track of where you are too:

  • To keep you in time, follow the sounds as they turn red.
    Each rhythm pattern is played four times before moving onto the next.

Have a go at saying these rhythms first, then try tapping them on a table, or clapping them at the same time. 


Share your work with us!

We'd love to see the work you've done! Head over to our Facebook Page to send us a message or use this direct link to our messenger and share your pictures and videos. We'll try to reply to all messages, and will choose some examples to share with our followers. 


2. Explore and create...

Compose your very own melody using the letters of your name. This can be your own theme tune!

Creating the notes for your melody

  • If you have a printer, download the document below and print it out. You can fill this out like a worksheet. 
  • If you don't have a printer, you can still open the document and copy out the bits you need to fill in on a blank sheet of paper.

Performing your melody

  • If you play an instrument, then have a go at playing the melody you've created
  • If you don't, or don't have an instrument at home, you can use a virtual piano. Follow the link below to open a new tab with a virtual keyboard. 
Open a virtual keyboard...

Keep creating...

If you've created a melody, or a collection of melodies, you can now see if you can add some rhythm into them, or compose a separate rhythm to play them with.

You could get someone in your family to help, and play along with the Kitchen Utensil Band from issue 1!


Keep learning

Continue your musical learning with us with more Music at Home, or find out how you could start learning to play a musical instrument.

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