production through performance

music technology curriculum


1.3 lesson plan // beat map clapping


Students will be able to clap a rhythm written in beat map notation using eighth note, eighth note triplet, and sixteenth note subdivision at 60 BPM.


How to read a beat map →
Beat map reading examples →


  1. Have students count and subdivide along to songs that they choose.

  2. Call out a count for students to clap on. ie the “a” of four

  3. Have students clap on the target beat.

  4. Create various rhythms with beat maps and have students clap them together.

  5. Read beat map examples together with a metronome or along with student selected music.


  1. Students choose one eighth note, eighth note triplet, and sixteenth note rhythm from the beat map reading example page.

  2. Have them practice clapping the attacks of the rhythms at 60 BPM.

  3. Students perform the rhythms for assessment with a metronome.


  • Limit the subdivisions that students perform to eighth note and sixteenth note.

  • Use only unsyncopated rhythms for the performance:

    Eighth note 1,2 / Eighth note triplet 1 / Sixteenth note 1,2


  • Increase the performance speed.

  • Add periods of metronomic silence by using a metronome with a mute function.

  • Assign syncopated rhythms:

    Eighth note 3,4 / Eighth note triplet 2,3 / Sixteenth note 3,4