A lesson about rhyme and meter, written in rhyme and meter…

It’s been a focus of my teaching practice to be certain that my lessons in Music are explicitly connected to my students learning in their general classes.

And rhyming picture books have been vital resources for achieving this goal.

But they only work because I’ve a good understanding of the rules of rhyme and metre and how they apply to poetry, and sometimes differ in song.

In this regard, I’ve learnt a lot from Jackie over the years, she is a master of not just rhyme but of explaining and giving good feedback to her `Pass It On’ followers and editing service clients.

This educational poem is a particularly great example of her work and skills.

Check it out!

Jackie Hosking


I amwritingthispoemtotryandexplain

But rather than bother with technical terms
Let’s look at the beats, on and off
The stressed beats, in red, are the on beats instead
And the off beats occur in the trough

The off beats I’ve coloured in pastel
I’ve chosen an orange and pink
You’ll see that I’ve put triple beats in each foot
It reads like a waltz don’t you think

da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM
da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM
da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM
da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM

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About earlleonardmusicforkids

Earl Leonard is a talented musician with an honest rocking style. Kids love his enthusiam and sense of fun. Performances for early primary and pre-school aged children are structured to leave room for participation; including changing well known song lyrics with the help of the kids. Songwriting workshops for grades 3 and up open a world of creativity; exploring language rhythm and rhyme. through all the fun and games children learn about words and music.
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