Rhythm Basics - Student Edition

Wendy Barden

48 Pages, Paperback
ISBN: 0849735122
Edition: W116
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Rhythm Basics is a supplemental consumable workbook to help you re-teach, reinforce, and support rhythm understanding in middle level and early high school bands and orchestras.  Units are sequential.  Once a concept is introduced, it is reinforced through the rest of the book.  



Concepts Introduced


Quarter Note & Quarter Rest

quarter note, quarter rest, time signature, 4/4, 2/4, 3/4, 5/4, accent


Half Note & Rest

Whole Note & Rest

half note, half rest, whole note, whole rest, duet, trio, Common Time


Eighth Notes

eighth note pairs, dynamics, piano, forte, mezzo forte, tempo, andante, moderato, allegro


More 4/4, 2/4, 3/4

pick-up notes, tie, dotted half note, dot, conducting patterns: 4-beat, 3-beat, 2-beat


Dotted Quarter

Eighth Note & Rest

dotted quarter note, single eighth note, eighth rest, syncopation


Sixteenth Notes

sixteenth notes, eighth/sixteenth note combinations, repeat sign, mezzo piano, crescendo, decrescendo (and eighth note triplets in Counting Extra!


Cut Time

Cut Time, Fine, D.C. al Fine



slow 6/8, fast 6/8, 9/8, 12/8, 5/8, 7/8, 3/2, conducting patterns: 6-beat, 2-beat

A variety of activities in each unit challenge students to extend their understanding of rhythms to higher-level thinking by moving up through Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy.  Activities include:

  • Writing in the counting
  • Drawing in the bar lines
  • Substituting rests for notes
  • Performing rhythm lines and duets
  • Detecting errors in measures
  • Writing rhythm dictation
  • Completing the measures
  • Composing rhythm lines and duets within specific parameters

Two or three culminating, summative assessments are provided in the Teacher’s Edition for each unit:

  • Counting Quiz: Write in the counting
  • Dictation Quiz: Rhythmic dictation
  • Quiz Block: Rhythm performance

These half-page assessments make it easy to gather evidence of student understanding before moving on to the next unit.