Feel the Rhythm 

Today, Múinteoir Clíona showed us how you can get really creative, by mixing sports, music and art!  Let's look at the rhythm of George Harrison’s song: Got My Mind Set on You.  It is in 4/4 time, which means there are 4 beats at a time, so you’re clapping 1, 2, 3, 4.

1. Sing the song first.  If you need a reminder, watch Múinteoir Clíona’s lesson again, or you can view the song here:

Songwriter:  Rudy Clark
Producer:  Hutch Davie

2. Next, practice clapping 1, 2, 3, 4 using even, steady beats.  Clap harder on the first beat (beat 1) each time because that will help you get into the rhythm.  If you were to say words instead of the numbers, it would be: 

Strong (1) – Weak (2) – Weak (3) – Weak (4)

Strong (1) – Weak (2) – Weak (3) – Weak (4)

3. Once you're comfortable clapping 1, 2, 3, 4 and keeping it steady, take a look at this.  The beats correspond to the notes and the words:

So, as we see from the above, when George Harrison sings the word SET, that's when you start your 1, 2, 3, 4 beat/clap.  The word SET has 2 beats, so you clap twice whilst singing the word SET, same with the word ON.  See if you can keep the 1, 2, 3, 4 steady clap going as you sing along with the song!


Having A Ball!

Grab an old tennis ball/basketball/football, turn on some of your favourite tunes and bounce the ball along to the music you hear.  Some songs you smack the ball as hard as you can (without breaking anything!) and other songs you can relax and just let the rhythm flow.

Next, let's get creative.  This is best done outside because it can get messy!  

  • Pick a particular song that has a strong rhythm to it (one that you can clap along to the way we showed you in the last section).
  • Select some paint colours to suit the song.
  • Place a large sheet of paper on the ground, and something to cover the ground behind the sheet if you have it (an old sheet works well).
  • Cover a small ball with the paint.  You can use a bigger ball for the pulse of the song and then vary the sizes depending on what rhythms you pick out!  So, for example, if you’re using George Harrison’s song, then you’d use a bigger ball for beat 1 and a smaller ball for beats 2, 3, 4.
  • Bounce the ball along to the music and look at the patterns you create.
  • You’ve created a work of art using rhythm!  Very cool.  

Music Maze 

See if you can find the right path to the music books box, the violin case and the ball box.

Send us pictures or videos of what you have done. Ask your parents to help you send them to rte.ie/learn