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Tootly Teachers (Administrator) February 14, 2023 at 7:48 am

Hi Samara
Great job getting building one more important musical skill – this time with rhythm! We can make out you had a great time singing all those patterns. Here’s some stars for you: ✨✨✨✨✨

Dear Parent,
Rhythm is an essential part of music, and is frequently ignored in the teaching phase. By becoming conversant with the basic 4/4 rhythm (4 beats in every line, which repeats), the children are internalising standard rhythm. By playing around the patterns, the children are experiencing how the same pattern can create different types of musical elements.

Please see our pointwise feedback below on your child’s performance:
Confidence and Independence – excellent
Understanding of the concept or exercise – excellent
Singing/ Pitching – excellent
Rhythm – good*
Overall control (volume, breath etc) – excellent
Pronunciation/ recollection of lyrics – excellent

Notes: Samara seems to have enjoyed this exercise. She has understood the concept very well and is able to do the pattern correctly each time – however please note that she should try to keep the beat consistent from the first word or syllable and till the last syllable of the 4th line. Right now, she is saying the lines correctly but breaking the rhythm between the lines. This might be happening because (a) she doesn’t know she has to do this or (b) she’s excited to get through the line but needs a pause to look and say the second line. Can we suggest practising any *one* of these patterns, slower – but consciously trying to be in rhythm throughout the song? Try doing it with Tootly from the part where Tootly sings the full pattern continuously.

Now that she’s understood the concept so well, you can encourage her to replace the oranges and apples with other words – and she might even compose her own song. Remember to keep it simple at first so that one doesn’t lose the underlying rhythm.

Please do share these experiments with us too 🙂

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