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Steady Beat – Part 1

What do these things have in common?

Car blinker

Grandfather clock

Windshield wipers


Watch with a second hand

That’s right! They all keep a steady beat; they keep a constant continuous pulse. It’s kinda hard to think of things that are constant and that’s why steady beat is a hard musical concept to teach. Often children can keep a beat for a time but to keep it steady requires lots of repetitions. Preschool and children’s music teachers should emphasize steady beat every time we meet with children. Use instruments, locomotor movement, non-locomotor movement, voices and manipulatives to reinforce steady beat.

CLICK HERE for a first of three PDF’S of the ABC’s of Steady Beat Manipulatives.


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