Lesson Book page 60
- Quarter rest
- To hear a quarter rest
- To recognize a quarter rest
- To respond to a quarter rest
let's get started
- Sometimes in music we have moments of silence—rests.
- I'll play some music. Each time you hear a rest, raise your hand. (See video and download duet)
- This fancy little squiggle (point to it) is the sign for a quarter rest. Whenever you see one, take a rest!
- Let's do the Go Team chant (see the page). Tap for each word, and make a loose fist for each rest.
- Ready over the C five-finger scale. Let's cheer for Our Team!
"Resting" must be an active—not a passive—experience.
explore and create
Go Team Chant on C-GHands over the C five-finger scale. Play C and G together, both hands. Now let's play the Go Team chant. (Download duet)
Go Team Chant on G-DLet's chant for the G team. Fingers over G and D. Hooray!
Our Team Is Down LowYour team has a 300-lb. star player. Find the lowest C five-finger scale and play Our Team for him. (Play a forceful accompaniment.) (Download duet)
The pulse continues through each rest.
p. 45 The Quarter Rest
- Trace, draw, and complete rhythms using the quarter rest.
Technique & Artistry
p. 30 Our Team Scores Again!
- A quarter rest on beat 1 helps each hand prepare the fifth.
- Contrary motion makes playing skips with hands together accessible and fun!
- The half note ending helps the "team members" wind down and concentrate on firm fingertips.
Hearing what it means to rest is the most important element in teaching the quarter rest. Watching for, and responding to, rests in the peppy chant is the next step. Substituting a gesture for each rest makes observing rests an active, rather than a passive, experience.
accompaniments on disk
- CD Tracks 84-85
- MIDI File 42