Eine Kleine Rhythmische Musik

Slide2 (2)Performing and composing activities inspired by rhythm in the 1st Movement of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.


Pulse and Rhythm

  • Invite a musician to your class (maybe an older student who plays an instrument, or maybe a teacher who knows a lot about music.
  • Ask them to clap the pulse along with the opening of the music.
  • Now ask them to clap the rhythm of the music.

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  • What’s the difference?


  • I’ll tell you what…..


    • The pulse is the same all the way through. It never changes – never speeds up or slows down.


    • The rhythm is the same as the instruments are playing. When you clap the rhythm, it’s like you’re clapping the tune. There is a mixture of long and short notes, so sometimes you clap fast and sometimes you clap slowly.


  • Slide2 (3)Everyone clap along with the pulse – it’s easy. Sometimes clap loud, sometimes quiet. Appoint one of your group to be the conductor. He or she can point at one person to pay the pulse on their own, sometimes two, or more, or everyone.


  • Now clap the rhythm of the beginning. It’s a bit harder. Listen a few times.
  • Now make up some other rhythms to play as background music while we listen to the recording. The rhythms will be patterns that fit into 4 beats.


  • Here are some musical signs and symbols to use to help you make up rhythms. You might want to write down your rhythms so that you can remember them.

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  • Repeat each rhythm until everyone has it right.
  • Then one of you can make a rhythm up. Take it in turns around the class.
  • Now use instruments to play patterns along with Mozart’s music, one person at a time. Some of you will clap a pulse while others clap the rhythms.


  • Some of you could learn the opening of this music on the glockenspiels. The music is below. Remember to play the correct rhythm.


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