Give your students a fun way to practice notating and performing rhythms with this Halloween rhythm spinners composition activity! Students will spin the spider spinner to complete each measure with the appropriate number of beats, based on the time signature. Then they can enjoy performing their rhythm composition for the rest of the class or for you!
What is included in this Halloween rhythm spinners composition activity?
- Full color set of pages
- Black and white set of pages
- Six spider spinners with a variety of rhythms
- Four notation sheets (2/4, 3/4, 4/4, and a page with all time signatures)
- Blank spinner pages so you can add any rhythms you like to suit your students’ current needs.
- Plastic spinners are not included, but I use these plastic spinners and they work beautifully with card stock. Paperclips spun around a pencil tip, and fidget spinners work great too!
Using the Halloween rhythm spinners composition activity in group piano or music class
This Halloween rhythm spinners composition activity is great for private lessons as well as groups! Students can complete the activity on their own, or as a team.
- Each group needs only one spinner page (plastic spinners must be purchased separately).
- Each person in the group needs his own notation page.
- A variety of time signatures is included, as well as a page without time signatures.
- The students take turns spinning the spinner, then notating the rhythm onto their notation sheet.
- After the rhythms have been notated, the students take turns performing their rhythms for their peers.
- To sum up, students Spin, Notate, and Perform!
Using this Halloween rhythm spinners composition activity in private piano lessons
- Student needs one spinner page and one notation sheet.
- The student spins the spinner, notates the rhythm, and the performs the completed rhythm for the teacher.
Using the Halloween rhythm spinners composition activity to write music!
- After students build their rhythm patterns, they can use the rhythms to create a truly unique and special piece of sheet music!
- Click here to learn how to easily turn their rhythm patterns into a fun and unique piece of sheet music!
Performance tips for the Halloween rhythm spinners composition activity
- Students should be creative when performing!
- Marching, tapping, snapping, performing in the style of the Cup Game, using Boomwhackers, classroom percussion instruments, the piano, and playing a clapping game are only a few of the many ways students can move to their newly created rhythm patterns.
- Most importantly, have fun!
Teachers like you are saying…
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Debbie R. says, “Thank you for including ‘printer-friendly‘ sheets as well as the BEAUTIFUL color spiders!! I also appreciate the different levels that you included as far as note choices! Thank you so much!”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Deborah S. says, “Love the variety of musical rhythms! This is a great resource for reviewing rhythms and also works with composition and improvisation activities! Thank you for another high-quality resource for my studio!”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ SingToKids says, “I LOVE this! Thank you for providing some blank spinner templates so we can personalize them to the content we need to cover! Great resource!”
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