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Rhythms of the World Study & Revision Guide

Full 40-page Study & Revision Guide booklet to support Area of Study:

 “Rhythms of the World”

·               Available in “completed” format and “blank” format with question prompts for student completion.

·               Provides all underpinning knowledge as covered in the new GCSE (9-1) Music 2016 specification including emphasis on Characteristic Rhythms and Metres and Traditional Rhythm Patterns, Origins and Cultural Context of the Traditional Music, Musical Characteristics of Folk Music, Impact of Modern Technology on Traditional Music and names of performers and groups. 

·               Key facts covering Indian Classical Music, Punjabi Bhangra, Eastern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Arabic Folk Rhythms, African Drumming, Calypso and Steel Bands and Samba. 

·               Coverage of how the elements of music are combined in traditional music including: Instruments and Timbre, Pitch and Melody, Rhythm and Metre, Tempo, Dynamics, Expression and Articulation, Texture, Structure and Phrasing, Harmony and Tonality, Repetition, Ostinato and Ornamentation.

·               Summary Table consolidates key musical facts.

·               Key Words definitions highlight key musical vocabulary in relation to Rhythms of the World.

·               Learning Outcomes consolidate learning and act as a means of tracking pupil progress.

·               Download the completed Study & Revision guide HERE and the blank version HERE (or click on the related images).

Rhythms of the World - Indian Classical Music - Learning, Listening and Composing Resources
Rhythms of the World - Indian Classical Music - Starter and Plenary Activities


Worksheet 1 - Learning about Talas

(uses Audios 2-5 and Video 1)


Audio 2 - Raga Madhmad Sarang (extract)  Audio 3 - Raga Madhmad Sarang (extract)

Audio 4 - Tintal tala Audio 5 - Indian talas Listening Quiz

Video 1 - A tala lesson on the Tabla  (07:19  47 MB)


Worksheet 2 - Learning about Ragas

(uses Audios 6-12)


Audio 6 - Raga Madhman Sarang (alap) Audio 7 - Raga scale for Raga Madhmad Sarang

Audio 8 - Raga Vibhas Raga scale and example Audio 9 - Raga Behag Raga scale and example

Audio 10 - Raga Malakosh Raga scale and example

Audio 11 - Indian Music Notation Audio 12 - Indian Music Notation Example





Starter/Plenary 1 - Alap

(uses Audio 1)


Audio 1 - Raga Madhman Sarang (alap)

Starter/Plenary 2 - Rhythm and Metre in Indian Classical Music

Starter/Plenary 3 -

Following a Score of an alap section of an Indian Raga

(uses Audio 6)


Audio 6 - Raga Madhman Sarang (alap)

Starter/Plenary 4 -

Tweeting “#Raga”