Thursday, November 15, 2012

Easy Half Note Chant

Easy Half Note Chant photo
Learn the name and beat of the half note in a super easy song!

This chant is a super easy way to remember and learn the name and beat of a half note.

Half notes are musical notes that are held for 2 beats.  They are white or not colored in, compared to the quarter note that is completely filled in black.

Children remember best if the words are clear and rhythmic.

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Easy Half Note Chant
By Tonya Dirksen

Half note, two
Half note, two
One, two,
Half note, two!

Carolyn, at Wise Owl Factory, has a fun  Free Do You Know Your Music Notes Power Point.  This is a great way to practice the names and beats of the notes as well as seeing how all the notes compare with one another.

Musical Twister Hopscotch is another fun way to reinforce note names and beats.  My students love playing it whenever we get a chance.  They spin and have to tell the name and beat of the note the spinner lands on.  Then they get to hop to the correct colored circle. 



  1. We put the notes up on a bulletin board in the kitchen and my girls enjoy saying the chants. What a creative way to learn music theory!

  2. I'm about to start teaching music for the first time and was a little stumped about how to relay what beats were to people who had no idea. This helped me a lot! Thanks!