Hello, My name is Lesley.
Les – ley = 2 claps (in music)
or 2 syllables (in literacy)
If I want to say my name quickly, (try it “Lesley”)
then the two claps might be “ti – ti” (eighth notes)
If I want to say my name in an ordinary way, (Les – ley)
then the two claps might be “ ta ta” (quarter notes)
If I want to drag my name oooouuuuutttttt, (Leees — leeey)
then the two claps might be “taa taa” (half notes)
Names are a wonderful thing to play with … everybody’s got one eh! Invite your students to say and clap their names. Play a game where one person claps (1, 2, 3 or 4 times) and everyone with that number of claps in their name, stands up, or puts their hands on their heads, or winks. Its a listening exercise and may be done anytime, anywhere … in the classroom, at home or over the internet. Usually I go on from here to create a student-name tune for the class to echo, however, in the day of Covoid, we do what we can.
Try adding “Hello” …
! for more information about teaching rhythm, go to
About —- Rhythm