See-Saw Activities

practical theory

The last couple of weeks of term saw us learning about:

  • pitch- highs and lows
  • rhythm- tas & ti-tis
  • how to distinguish between the two and
  • how they work together
We explored each of these things through a See-Saw activity.


We moved our bodies UP and DOWN for HIGH and LOW sounds in the See Saw tune. It’s a simple tune with only 2 notes.

We then used a simple floor staff to map out each note of the song as HIGH or LOW.

We stepped and jumped across the notes, singing as we went. Some students rearranged the notes to see how it would sound!

DSC_0160[1]DSC_0158[1]To explore RHYTHM together, we discovered that See Saw has 8 beats in total.

The whole tune is comprised of 4 tas and 4 ti-tis.

The students ordered the rhythms correctly on the beats (we used hearts to represent each beat, because hearts beat!).

We also noticed that See Saw and Rain Rain are EXACTLY the same in terms of pitch and rhythm. Only the words are different.

Many students then went on to play another tune using the basic pitch notes of E and G, called Kangaroo, Skippy Roo. They were excited to learn a piece they knew from school music lessons!



We noticed that the last part of the tune moves in the same pattern from G to C- all the way down the fingers- as Big Black Train:


The two blues notes are not the same as Big Black Train.

Noticing similarities and differences between different pieces of music is a wonderful, higher order way of thinking and learning.

DSC_0163[1]Some students have been creating a second composition during the past lessons together. Another great way to see how rhythm and pitch work together in creating music.

thank youThank you all for such a lovely term of music together!

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