Finding PULSE and BEATS for Beginning Band

Earlier last week students in the 6th period Beginning Band Class discussed PULSE, BEAT, and how we find them and keep them!



PowerPoint Presentation: finding-the-pulse-and-the-beat

Lesson Plan: notes-and-rhythms-unit-lesson-4


Musical Form

What is Musical Form?

The Musical Deli

Types of Musical Forms and Examples:

All Types

Strophic“Frosty the Snowman”

BinaryThe Happy Farmer by Schumann

TernaryMinuet and Trio in G by Mozart

RondoRondo in B-flat by Arnold Cooke

Theme and VariationsCarnival of Venice Variations, performed by Steven Mead

Bonus Activity: What is the form of this piece?





Spooky Scary Skeletons | (remix)


Uranus the Magician

Hut on Fowl’s Legs

Penderecki Symphony no. 7Hajetà alai jad adonài’


Using BoomWhackers and Mallets, teach the students about diminished and augmented chords, the truly scary ones. Then Have the class come up with their own Halloween song! Part of the class will play the melody on mallets, harmony on BoomWhackers, and auxiliary percussion for extra effects (bonus if you can get ahold of a vibraslap or ratchet). Pick a key (A, E, or D minor would probably be the best) then decide as a class what it will be about specifically, and then students will call on each other to come up with 8-12 lines of lyrics.


Have students color their own haunted house, small enough to be able to be attached to a head band, then play Hut on Fowl’s legs and dance and move around to the music (similar to the “In the Hall of the Mountain King” activity from the Emementary Music).


Using auxiliary percussion instruments, play Uranus the Magician and cue the students to play on big hits at the beginning and on the beat, emphasizing dynamics, and both big and little beats. Encourage students to come up with their own rhythms in time with the music.



With dances that the class learned like the Electric Slide, or their own appropriate dance moves, let the students dance to songs like the Spooky Scary Skeletons remix (seen above), Thriller, The Ghostbuster’s Theme, The Monster Mash, and more! (Bonus Points for if the students know the actual dances for these songs).


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