In this video segment from Cyberchase, the performers from the musical STOMP!, a show that features drumming and dancing, demonstrate how they use patterns to create inventive and exciting rhythmic melodies.
Frame: A pattern can be something that you see, but can it also be something that you hear? Give some examples of patterns that you might hear. Would you be able to write down or record these patterns in some way? How might you do it?
Focus: As you watch this video segment, you’ll see Kareem talk to some of the cast members of STOMP! about rhythm and patterns. Listen to how the performers use numbers in their performances.
Follow Up: Look at one of the routines from STOMP! What were the elements of the rhythmic pattern in that routine? How can you change a clapping pattern? What elements of the pattern could be manipulated? Use a paper and pencil to record a rhythm pattern that you make up. Give the paper to a classmate, and see if they can demonstrate the clapping pattern based on your pattern.