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Steady Beat and Rhythm Activities for December

STEADY BEAT AND RHYTHM ACTIVITIES FOR DECEMBER

Looking for some interactive and engaging ways to teach steady beat and rhythm in your December Music classes?

Keep reading because this post will give you specific activities for a complete music lesson using a variety of learning experiences and teaching strategies to reach all learners! (And have fun!)

STEADY BEAT ACTIVITIES

You may want to kick off your music class with an easy Steady Beat Game (Keep reading to get the games).

Next, you can have them do a body percussion play along. (videos are listed below)

Then, if you are using xylophones or pitched percussion instruments, have them practice playing a bordun on C, E or G.

If you don’t have enough instruments for everyone, then have some play on a triangle or jingle bell and switch groups until everyone has a turn to play on the xylophone.

Finally, have the class move to music. Check out the Scarf, Freeze and Action songs on our YouTube Channel.

GET THE FREE DECEMBER BEAT AND RHYTHM ACTIVITY RESOURCE HERE!

STEADY BEAT PLAY ALONG GAMES

Use this Holiday Instrumental Background Music video or the music tracks and these activity ideas to help your younger students feel the beat.

HOLIDAY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TRACKS

Holiday Instrumental Music Tracks

SPOTIFY:

APPLE MUSIC:

AMAZON:

Ultimately, your students will begin to understand, feel, and show the steady beat as you implement a variety of diverse activities that provide opportunities to feel and show the beat every class time. 

FREE STEADY BEAT ACTIVITIES BOOKLET:

Here is one of the activities in the FREE BOOKLET:  STEADY BEAT ACTIVITIES for Young Children

Activity #1 Play the Beat and Switch Your Instrument

  • Place your percussion instruments where students can get to them easily. Either in the middle of your circle or in a row in the front of your classroom.
  • Tell students that they are going to get to choose an instrument.
  • And when the music stops, they need to FREEZE and stop playing.
  • Then everyone will get to switch instruments.
  • Play the music for at least 30-45 seconds.
  • You may want to limit switching of instruments to only the students you will choose. (Or have a student do the choosing.) Play the game enough times so that everyone get’s a chance to change instruments.

BODY PERCUSSION ACTIVITIES

A fun an interactive way for students to feel and play the steady beat is to use body percussion actions.

Elves Body Percussion Activity in the Sing Play Create Web Shop

Elves Body Percussion

Christmas Elves Body Percussion Play Along Teachers Pay Teachers Resource

Elves Body Percussion

It is helpful to have some action cards to play the game so that you don’t waste time waiting for someone to “think” of an action.  If you don’t have action cards, you may want to look at these resources.

These steady beat body percussion resources come with flashcards/posters you can print and keep handy to play this game.

MOVE TO THE BEAT BODY PERCUSSION

OCEAN FRIEND BODY PERCUSSION

VALENTINE’S DAY

SPRING BODY PERCUSSION

TURKEY BODY PERCUSSION

DINOSAUR BODY PERCUSSION

HALLOWEEN BODY PERCUSSION

After playing a Steady Beat Game, have your students sing, move and play along with this action song; “Heartbeat”

Steady Beat Freebies!

MORE STEADY BEAT ACTIVITY IDEAS:

FIVE WAYS TO TEACH STEADY BEAT

RHYTHM ACTIVITIES

Rhythm activities can be fun and engaging too!  Use a variety of activities so that students experience rhythm playing, reading, and composing throughout the school year.

Subscribe to the Free Resource Library for Rhythm Cards, Games and Activities!

SING PLAY CREATE YOUTUBE CHANNEL RHYTHM VIDEOS

Visit our YouTube Channel for Rhythm activities for each month of the year.

DECEMBER RHYTHM ACTIVITIES

Holiday Rhythm Play Along Level 1  

Holiday Rhythm Play Along Mixed Levels:

Holiday Rhythm Play Along Mixed Levels:

MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES

After playing Steady beat and rhythm games and activities, give students a chance to move to music at the end of class. 

Then, as you get them ready to leave, have them share a beat or rhythm they learned in class that day with a buddy.

You’ll find movement activities for each month of the year on the Sing Play Create YouTube Channel and in our store.

DECEMBER ACTIVITIES

Holiday Freeze Dance

Holiday Freeze Dance

Holiday Scarf Activity

Holiday Scarf activity 2021

Santa Dance “Santa’s Got a Brand New Dance”

Be sure to subscribe to get the FREE RHYTHM ACTIVITIES for elementary music teachers.

I’m hoping this post helps you with lesson planning for December Steady Beat and Rhythm activities!

Sandra from Sing Play Create

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Looking for some interactive and engaging ways to teach steady beat and rhythm in your December Music classes?
Keep reading because this post will give you specific activities for a complete music lesson using a variety of learning experiences and teaching strategies to reach all learners! (And have fun!)
Looking for some interactive and engaging ways to teach steady beat and rhythm in your December Music classes?
Keep reading because this post will give you specific activities for a complete music lesson using a variety of learning experiences and teaching strategies to reach all learners! (And have fun!)

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