production through performance

music technology curriculum

 

1.2 lesson plan // subdivision


objective

Students will be able to divide the beat into two, three, and four equal parts at eighty beats per minute.

Resources

Subdivision workouts →
Subdivision challenge →
Subdivision improv →


preparation

  1. Have students practice their ability to divide 2, 3, and 4 with the subdivision workout video.

  2. Introduce the concept of improvising with subdivision syllables with the improv video.

  3. Play student selected music and identify which subdivision different instruments are playing.


Process

  1. Perform the subdivision test along with the subdivision assessment video.

  2. Say the word “down” on all of the downbeats, and the following syllables for each subdivision level:
    2: (↓+) 3: (↓ pl et) 4: (↓ e + a)

  3. Follow this pattern for the assessment:
    1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4   
    1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 1 2 3 4 2 3 4 1


Remediation

  • Remove eighth note triplet subdivision.

  • Only do the first line of the assessment video.
    1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4

  • Allow students to test in partners.


Enrichment

  • Add periods of metronomic silence by using a metronome with a mute function.

  • Slow down the assignment with a metronome.