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Arts and culture

Grade 9

Creating, interpretation and presentation

Module 17

Simple and regular beat/rhythm


E xample of a simple and regular beat/rhythm:

Examples of irregular beat

E xample of compound time:

In compound time, each beat is divided into 3, in contrast with the simple time where each beat is divided into 2.

In this case, there are 4 beats, i.e. compound quadruple time.

STEP 2: Performing of various metres

As soon as you are familiar with the different beat meters, you can perform them in the following manner:

- Body percussion

Combination of clapping, hitting fists against each other, clap on thighs

- drums

Combination of various drum techniques ( slap, tone, bass )

STEP 3: Application

The following quote was taken from a speech at the unveiling of a monument on Heritage Day (1996). Read the quote and then answer the questions.

Who, do you think, made this speech?
To which song does the "it" refer?
In whose honour was the monument erected?
Who composed "Die Stem" (The Call of South Africa?)
Who was responsible for the words of "Die Stem"?
Mention other examples of music heritage from your own culture.

Follow the educator's instructions in the performing of the song.

STEP 4: Application

Examples of music from my own culture:

Check out the following website to see what heritage means to well-known people: (External Link)

Activity To organise and market a production LO 1.10

Have you ever wondered who is responsible for everything you see and hear in a production? Why is the production being presented? Who is responsible for the programme? Where do the funds for the costumes come from? Who is responsible for the sound effects?

At the end of this activity you should have all the answers.

STEP 1: Group


“Make an occasion of....................!”

As a class, discuss and then decide on an occasion for a musical performance that you can plan, organise and market.

Use the following guidelines for your decision-making process. As soon as you have finalised the type of production and theme, complete the table to highlight problem areas and to make notes.

Target group
Type of production
Time Date:

STEP 2: Individual

From the discussion and decision-making process, you will have realised that you do not only need an orchestra and singers for the production!

There are several other aspects to consider, which also require creativity, planning and organization, in order to stage a successful production:

- administrative: (e.g. financial aspects, fund-raisers, tickets)

- artistic: (e.g. dancers, designers)

- technical: (e.g. lights)

Name four advantages that a production has for the community:

STEP 3: Individual

Study the following table. The educator will define each aspect.

Then you must indicate which section or sub-section interests you. Take your talents and interests into consideration - do not be modest!

M arketing P roduction
Fundraiser Advertising Other Technical Design Dance Music
- publicity - programme - tickets- refreshments - lightning- stage- sound - decor- costumes- props

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