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5 Free Music Lesson Plans for Steady Beat

One of the most important musical concepts that a child must learn is keeping a steady beat. It is a fundamental aspect that is often not given the emphasis it deserves.

What is Steady Beat? Is it the same as Rhythm?

Steady beat (or simply referred to as the beat) is the underlying continuous, even, and repetitive pulse that you feel in a song, rhyme, chant or any piece of music. It remains the same throughout, much like the ticking of a clock.

Most people think that beat and rhythm are the same. However, they are two very different things. In a song, the beat is what we usually feel like clapping our hands, snapping our fingers or tapping our feet to. The rhythm, on the other hand, would be the combination of the short and long sounds of the notes as well as the absence of sound (rests) that occur throughout the music. The lyrics of a song tell us the rhythm by the way the words are arranged.

Why is it important to learn Steady beat?

Humans experience steady beat early on in life. From the moment we were in our mother’s womb, we felt and heard the steady beating of her heart and of our own heart. We are created to respond to a steady beat.

However, even though we have been constantly exposed to steady beat even before we were born, consciously being able to recognize and demonstrate it is not something that happens without practice. That’s why teaching young learners about steady beat early on can be highly beneficial for them. There are many advantages to helping them have a good grasp of this concept, not only in music but in other areas of their life as well.

  1. It helps them develop lower body competency. It also helps them with their sense of coordination and equilibrium. Being able to keep a steady beat in their legs and feet can help a child walk, skip, run or jump easily as well as prepare them for sports activities such as dribbling or shooting a basketball, or other things like dancing.
  2. Aside from their gross motor skills, a child’s fine motor skills (the ability to use a scissor, a whisk, a hammer or any tool in the future) is also enhanced with steady beat competency.
  3. Steady beat can help a child with their reading and language abilities because it teaches them to have a smooth cadence.
  4. Studies have shown that even a child’s math skills can benefit from having the ability to keep a steady beat.

How do I teach kids about Steady Beat?

There are many ways that a child can learn to practice steady beat. It can be taught through aural, visual, and kinesthetic methods. Allowing the kids to see, hear, feel, and move with the beat through various activities makes it possible for everyone to experience steady beat in whatever way they learn best.

Here’s a collection of 5 Music Lesson Plans for Steady Beat that’s jam-packed with fun ideas that can be used in the elementary music classroom. Each one offers instructions for a fully-scripted lesson which teachers who are just starting out may find very helpful because they can simply try doing the lessons as they are written. However, it can also be used as a starting point which more experienced teachers can modify to suit their needs. Keep reading to learn more about these lessons for steady beat.

Entry Kentry | Free Music Lesson Plan

This fast-paced passing game aims to help students demonstrate an ability to keep a steady beat and also enhances their coordination skills.

Little Sally Walker | Free Music Lesson Plan

This is a singing game where students fulfill the first standard in the National Standards for Music by singing alone (and with others) a varied repertoire of music. It is a fun way to develop the ability to follow instructions and introduce the concept of steady beat for kids in elementary grades K-2 through a simple game.

Jump the Hoop | Free Music Lesson Plan

Children can demonstrate their grasp of steady beat through this team-based movement activity. This session also helps them listen to, analyze, and describe music– which is the 6th standard in the National Standards for Music.

Touchdown | Free Music Lesson Plan

This lesson gets students moving and jumping around as they develop their skills in steady beat as well as math. It’s a creative way to engage the students in arithmetic and musical concepts through kinesthetics.

The Wee Little Scare | Free Music Lesson Plan

This music class incorporates the use of a jump rope (a definite favorite among kids), a chant, and a contest to teach kids how to keep a steady beat. Students will get the hands-on opportunity to make music with Orff arrangement, and the activity brings out their naturally competitive nature in an entertaining and educational way.

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All the Pretty Little Horses | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music

All the Pretty Little Horses is a traditional American lullaby which is very popular especially among mothers and caretakers who sing their babies to sleep with this simple but beautiful melody. The exact story of how the song was created has not been identified, but it is commonly believed to be of African-American origin.

The song has inspired numerous renditions and adaptations throughout the years including those from Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Loggins, Charlotte Church and Peter, Paul and Mary. It has also been referenced in several literary works such as Cormac McCarthy’s 1992 novel All The Pretty Horses which received many awards and accolades.

This sheet music is professionally arranged for the beginning piano student by the MakingMusicFun.net staff. You’ll be able to preview and print the arrangement instantly and use the digital recording for practicing. To make music lessons more affordable, MakingMusicFun.net features MMF Unlimited ($24.95 per year), a subscription plan that gives you unlimited access to their complete library of sheet music arrangements like this one, as well as music flashcards, worksheets, and games. With hundreds of resources for the elementary music students and teachers on this site, it’s a smart choice for parents of young musicians.

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All the Pretty Little Horses | Beginner Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics for ‘All the Pretty Little Horses’

Hush-a-bye, Don’t you cry
Go to sleep, my little baby
When you wake, you shall have
All the pretty little horses
Dapples and grays, blacks and bays
All the pretty little horses
Hush-a-bye, Don’t you cry
Go to sleep little baby
When you wake, you shall have
All the pretty little horses
Dapples and grays, blacks and bays
All the pretty little horses

Need help learning your note names?

Most beginning piano students are still working on their note names, rhythmic values, and music terms, so I’m including a few links to helpful music theory worksheets, games, and flashcards. All of them are printable resources, and a few of them are free.

Color-by-Note | Free Note Name Worksheet Bundle (Treble Clef)
Monster-Themed Musical Spelling Bee | Free Note Name Worksheet (Treble Clef)
Musical Spelling Bee | Free Note Name Worksheet (Treble Clef)
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Bible Songs for Kids | Beginner Piano Sheet Music

Why Should You Teach Bible Songs for Kids?

They say that singing is praying twice. That’s why teaching your little ones Bible songs for kids is a great way for them to learn about and internalize their faith. It’s also a good way to introduce them to the art and beauty of worship. Instead of just having them recite Bible verses and stories from memory, Bible songs can provide them with a way for them to understand and relate to what they are learning.

Children enjoy music and repetition. If you have a child, just think about the times when they have asked you to sing, “The Wheels On The Bus,” “Johnny, Johnny,” or “Baby Shark,” over and over again.  Sometimes it can make you crazy. However, kids love the repetition, and if you put something worth learning in front of them they stand to gain so much.

Print Beginner Piano Sheet Music

Below is a collection of links to Bible songs for the beginning piano student. They’ll provide plenty of opportunities for your kids to learn things of lifelong value. Click on the links below to print the sheet music.

Amazing Grace for Piano
The B-I-B-L-E for Piano Solo | Bible Song
Do Lord for Piano Solo | Bible Song
God Is So Good for Piano
Hallelu, Hallelu for Piano Solo | Bible Song
He’s Got the Whole World for Piano Solo | Bible Song
It Is Well with My Soul for Piano
I’ve Got Peace Like a River for Piano Solo | Hymn
Jesus Loves Me for Piano Solo | Bible Song
Kum Ba Yah for Piano Solo | Bible Song
Oh, How I Love Jesus for Piano
Praise God from Whom All Blessing Flow for Piano
This Little Light of Mine for Piano Solo | Bible Song
Who Built the Ark? for Piano Solo | Bible Song

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Senor Don Gato – Beginner Piano Sheet Music and Lyrics

I just checked out this super fun book – Senor Don Gato. The story is fun and the illustrations by John Manders are amazing!

Here’s the story of Senor Don Gato in a nutshell:
Senor Don Gato, a cat, was sitting on a rooftop thinking about his true love. She had just has agreed to marry him. In his excitement he fell off the roof and died. During his funeral procession Don Gato smelled fresh fish. The scent was so strong that he came back to life.

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Senor Don Gato – Beginner Piano Sheet Music

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Here’s the book with a link to Amazon:

Senor Don Gato: A Traditional Song – Illustrations by John Manders

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Here’s a review from School Library Journal:
He is an urbane and charming feline, a Falstaff of cats, at home in his portly physique and quite confident of his charm and allure. Sure enough, a lovely white fluff ball of a lady cat is smitten. Her note to Don Gato so delights her swain that he jumps for joy-right off the roof, breaking his knee, ribs, and whiskers, “And his little solar plexus.” That looks like the end, and his fellow felines put him into a pine box. Followed by his weeping sweetheart, the cortege heads for the cemetery. On the way, they pass the fish market, the lovely smell revives the dead, and all ends happily. This traditional English version of a Mexican rhyme has rhythm and pulse. It reads aloud well, and is beautifully extended by Manders’s sun-drenched gouache illustrations. The gold tones give the effect of a trip to the south, and the humorous cartoon style gives viewers a Don Gato of charm and substance. Pair this with Charles Perrault’s Puss in Boots, as illustrated by Fred Marcellino (Farrar, 1990), for a storytime featuring two cats with class.
Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA

 

Lyrics for ‘Senor Don Gato’

Oh Senor Don Gato was a cat.
On a high red roof Don Gato sat.
He went there to read a letter,
Meow, meow, meow,
Where the reading light was better,
Meow, meow, meow,
‘Twas a love note for Don Gato.

I adore you wrote the lady cat,
Who was fluffy, white and nice and fat.
There was not a sweeter kitty,
Meow, meow, meow,
In the country or the city,
Meow, meow, meow,
And she said she’d wed Don Gato.

Oh, Don Gato jumped so happily,
He fell off the roof and broke his knee.
Broke his ribs and all his whiskers,
Meow, meow, meow,
And his little solar plexus,
Meow, meow, meow,
Ay Caramba cried Don Gato.

Then the doctors all came on the run,
Just to see if something could be done.
And they held a consultation,
Meow, meow, meow,
About how to save their patient,
Meow, meow, meow,
How to save Senor Don Gato.

But in spite of everything they tried,
Poor Senor Don Gato up and died.
And it wasn’t very merry,
Meow, meow, meow,
Going to the cemetery,
Meow, meow, meow,
For the ending of Don Gato.

When the funeral passed the market square,
Such a smell of fish was in the air.
Though his burial was slated,
Meow, meow, meow,
He became reanimated,
Meow, meow, meow,
He came back to life, Don Gato.

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God Is So Good | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music (Digital)

Looking for a great hymn tune arranged for kids beginner piano. God Is So Good, a popular praise/Gospel song, is arranged here in C position, with very few notes in the left hand. Even beginners will be able to learn this piece quickly, and enjoy playing it for their family and friends.

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God Is So Good | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics for ‘God Is So Good’

God is so good,
God is so good,
God is so good,
he’s so good to me.

He cares for me,
He cares for me,
He cares for me,
he’s so good to me.

God answers prayer,
God answers prayer,
God answers prayer,
he’s so good to me.

I praise his name,
I praise his name,
I praise his name,
he’s so good to me!

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Monsters in My Closet | Drumming/Music Lesson Plan – K-3rd

Need a music classroom lesson plan that’s jam packed with fun? This Monsters in My Closet | Drumming/Music Lesson Plan is perfect for primary grade music students.

The lesson plan is fully-scripted for teachers that are just getting started, or can be reviewed for the basic ideas if you are an experienced music teacher. The lesson plan also includes a super cute speech piece that was written by MakingMusicFun.net.

 

Music Lesson Plan Objective

The goal of this lesson plan is to teach primary age students basic drumming techniques. You can certainly enhance the lesson with a little rhythm reading for a phrase or two of the speech piece.

 

Materials Required

Monsters in My Closet (Rhyme) from the Monster Music Lesson Pack
4 Tubano Drums (or any non-pitched percussion instrument)

 

About Monster Music Lesson Pack

The Monster Music Lesson Pack provides a printable version of the Monsters in My Closet speech piece and lesson, and 31 more pages monster-themed lesson resources and bulletin board posters.  The purchase of the lesson pack isn’t required. The lesson page that I link to provides you with everything you need. The Monster Music Lesson Pack just lets you extend the monster-sized fun for a whole month of lessons.

 

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Monsters in My Closet | Drumming/Music Lesson Plan

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Monster-Themed Elementary Music Lesson Plan Bundle

Looking for a couple fun music lesson plans and worksheets for your K-3rd grade students?

This monster-themed music lesson plan pack is filled with adorable monsters and engaging lesson plans that your students will love!

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You’ll get 34 pages of monster-themed lesson plans and resources, including a composer biography for Modest Mussorgsky, lesson plans for composition/dynamics and drumming, treble/bass clef note name worksheets and rhythm worksheets, monster-themed action songs, and cut-outs for your bulletin board.

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Here’s the whole list for this awesome music lesson plan bundle:

Music Lesson Bundle Contents

Introduction
6 – 8.5×11 Monster Bulletin Board Illustrations
1 – 8×16 Monster Music Month Bulletin Board Poster (2 – 8.5×11 Pages)
Hey Kids, Meet Modest Mussorgsky (Biography)
Modest Mussorgsky Word Search Worksheet
Meet the Composer Job Application
Listening Glyph Guide
3 – Listening Glyphs (Night on Bald Mountain, General, Blank)
“Monsters in My Closet” Speech Piece
“Monsters in My Closet” Drumming Lesson K-3
“Monsters in My Closet” Music Composition/Dynamics Lesson Plan K-3
“Monsters in My Closet” Dynamics Lesson Manipulatives
Monster Activity Songs (Lyrics Only)
Monster, Monster (Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear) (Lead Sheet)
Monster Pokey (Hokey Pokey) (Lead Sheet)
One Monster (One Elephant) (Lead Sheet)
Monster Music Spelling Bee (Treble Clef Worksheet)
Monster Music Spelling Bee (Bass Clef Worksheet)
Monster Music Math (Rhythmic Value Worksheet)

 

Monster Music Listening Glyph

This worksheet is the perfect assessment tool for primary grade music listening lessons. Just start the music and ask your students to color the different parts of the picture based on what they hear. Color the monster orange is the music has a steady beat. Color the monster blue if the music doesn’t have a steady beat.

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Monster Music Spelling Bee Worksheet

This worksheet gives kids an opportunity to practice music notation while they learn their note names. A word that you can spell with the musical alphabet is provided below each staff.  Students spell the word in music notes on the staff above. Worksheets are provided for the treble and bass clef.

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Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet

Students read the Hey Kids, Meet the Composer biography, and then complete this “job application for Russian composer, Modest Mussorgsky. It’s a fun way to engage your students with an activity, and increase their reading comprehension.

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