In this activity, you will learn to play different sets of rhythms using the syllables “Ta” and Ti” as your guide.

Learning Objectives

MU:Pr4.2.1b When analyzing selected music, read and perform rhythmic patterns using iconic or standard notation.

MU:Pr4.2.4a Demonstrate understanding of the structure and the elements of music (such as rhythm, pitch, and form) in music selected for performance.





In this rhythmic exercise, students will practice and learn rhythmic basics using Ta (quarter note -♩) and Ti (eighth note – ♪). First, practice playing the rings on the red and green dots page. Then transition to the following pages where you can play more Ta and Ti rhythms using red and green stems, top to bottom, left to right. If you want to practice more slowly, play one row at a time.


Required Materials

  1. The Specdrums Edu app downloaded onto an iOS device
  2. At least one Specdrums Ring – Note: in a classroom, your students can work in groups or can take turns playing these individually
  3. Dots and Stems Printout –  Access here: Ta-Ti Dots and Stems



First, connect your desired number of rings to Specdrums Edu app.

Next, choose your percussion. See this video tutorial on how to change instruments in the Edu app.

We suggest starting with Jazz Kit or Rock Kit, but feel free to explore other percussion options. You do not need to modify any sounds or colors. If you are dissatisfied with the default red and green sound bubbles of your chosen kit, choose and program your desired sounds.

Third, begin playing on the large red and green bubbles on the first page. Remember, two Ti’s are the equivalent of one Ta beat.

Last, play through the pages of red and green stems using the two dots at the bottom of every page.

Questions to consider:

After going through this exercise, how do you differentiate between 4/4 time and 3/4 time?

How would you describe the tempo at which you’re playing? Is it fast, slow, or in-between?

How would you describe the difference between the Ta beats and the Ti beats?


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