Rhythm Chairs Level Four: barred sixteenth notes – rhythm games – sixteenth note

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The Rhythm Chairs Game is a physically active and engaging way to teach students beat versus rhythm in elementary or middle school music. Students sit in chairs (or other place-marker) to show how many sounds are on each beat, with each chair representing one beat. Level four rhythms include quarter notes, barred eighth notes, and barred sixteenth notes.


⚠️ Available in Google Slides & PowerPoint ⚠️


➡️ Slideshow must be in presentation mode for the audio to work



MAIN CONTENT (PPT & Google Slides Link)

  • Easy-to-navigate clickable menu
  • Game explanation & rules
  • Instructions for a two-team game
  • Instructions for a collaborative game
  • Game slides with quarter notes, barred eighth notes, and barred sixteenth notes with audio
  • Bonus round (8-beat patterns) with audio
  • Directions with link to blog post



  • No chairs in your classroom? No problem! Use sit-spots, carpet squares, hula hoops, or even taped-off squares will work!
  • Play collaboratively and keep score to create a competition among grade levels using a sports-themed bracket system.
  • If a student isn’t able to play the physical parts of the game, have them be the referee to keep score and play the audio at the end of each turn.
  • Change it up by asking students to clap the rhythm or play it on a rhythm instrument.
  • Use the level one game as a review for older grades at the beginning of the year.





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