In this Preschool Prodigies episode, we have our first rhythm lessons with Sweet Beets. We practice playing rhythms with ‘Beet’ and ‘Shh,’ in a similar fashion to the way we played ‘C’ and ‘Shh’ in 1.3. Sweet Beets is a catchy song for teaching rhythm, and a great way to get some instrument free practice wherever you are!
In Sweet Beets I, we …
- Play simple 4 note patterns in a call and response fashion using ‘Beet’ and ‘Shh’
- Play simple 4 note patterns with Beet, Ta’s, and the numbers 1 2 3 4
- Tap and clap long with the choruses
- Use the iconic rhythm Beet, to represent a quarter note
- Use the Kodaly syllable Ta, to represent a quarter note
- Use the numeric counting method (1 2 3 4) to play quarter notes
Practicing with rhythm will give our learner later context for playing more complex songs. We won't get too focused on reading rhythm until Chapter 9. In the meantime, we’ll rely on call and response, well-known patterns, and easy-to-follow music and keep most of our focus on playing and recognizing different pitches.
Sweet Beets I Follow Up Activities
Downloading the audio for Sweet Beets is a great way to take this music lesson on the go. You don’t really need the visuals to play call and response songs and Sweet Beets was a Mr. Rob hit long before the videos came around.
If you don’t have an instrument, that’s totally ok. All you need are some legs for tapping or some kind of make shift drumstick and you’ll be good to go. Even kids as young as 1 will start to latch on to “Ta Ta Ti-Ti Ta,” and this is a lesson you can definitely come back to (for fun, for more practice or as a reward) at any time.
You can also ask your child simple questions about what they learned in this episode. Some examples are…
1. Can you play “Ta Ta Shh Ta” for me?
2. Do you remember how many baskets you had in Sweet Beets?
3. Can you sing some Sweet Beets?
In the next lesson, we’ll begin to learn our first chord! The first chord we will study is the C chord—made up of the notes C, E and G. Get ready to practice with three instead of just one in next week’s music class. Remember the Shh note is not used in every lesson, so returning to this video will be a great reference and reminder for rhythm!