We explored beats and loops to create a pattern of sound and movement. Students discovered that patterns are everywhere and can be made with anything, our voice, our stomping feet, our hands clapping, and the tapping of other classroom resources that we could find around the class. Using rākau as instruments, they learned how to create beats by tapping the sticks together. Loops became a concept as students realised that repeating patterns create rhythms. Just like a loop in music, a pattern can be repeated over and over again.
Working in pairs meant that we had to stay in rhythm and focus on our partners. Getting the timing right and keeping in rhythm was the hardest part but one of the most valuable lessons. Students were paired up and challenged to work together to support each other in creating a beat. They quickly learned that timing and rhythm are crucial for synchronisation.
Working in pairs, students were encouraged to communicate effectively and develop a sense of trust with their partner. Majority of the class discovered that collaboration not only made the music more harmonious but also made the learning experience more enjoyable. Some took longer to grasp the concept of working together to create the beat.
Learning about patterns through music with rākau was an engaging experience for our students. They not only explored the cultural significance of these traditional instruments but also discovered the beauty of beats, loops, and the power of teamwork. This adventure has shown our students that patterns are not just mathematical concepts but also a fundamental part of the world around us.