Monday, January 17, 2011

2nd Grade Week 1 -- Hungarian Dancing

The emphasis in 2nd Grade music will be on beat and rhythm, so it was appropriate that we began by discussion the difference between the two. As the children learned the beat is the steady pulse in music whereas rhythm can contain notes with longer and shorter gaps in between.

This does not mean that the beat is always the same. It can slow down or speed up, as we saw when improvised 8 solo dances to Brahm's "Hungarian Dance #5."

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