Song Map

Goal: For students to explore their own percussive rhythms using symbols. 

Song Map
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Song Map

Contributed by Julia Sirna-Frist


For students to explore their own percussive rhythms using symbols.


  • Gather your students and together create symbols and denote the sounds they mean. For example, a star symbol means clap, a triangle means tap your toes, a diamond means knock on your desk, and a squiggly line means snap.
  • Jumble all the symbols up and place in a basket and have each student select a symbol creating a whole song. They can play as many round they want.
  • Next, students can create their own full songs and display them for the class and everyone can follow along clap, tapping and snapping new rhythms!

Transition into Activity

We all have own unique rhythms and today we are going explore them. Each student could get their own note card to draw their symbol and then as a group we can decide what sound the symbol will correspond to.

Transition out of Activity

Pack up our symbol sounds in a special box to be used in the future.

Classroom Arrangement

Desks could be helpful for more percussive sounds. This could also be done in a circle at rug spots.

Supports/Adaptive Materials/Tools

  • Students can create the symbols themselves or the TA can create them.

Role of the Teachers and Paraprofessionals

  • Active participation.
  • Create symbols too!
  • Write their own songs and share!

Remote Adaptation

For the virtual world I think it would be helpful for the TA to create the symbols and the students can help generate the sounds and then the TA would hold up the orders that the students create.

Art forms


10 minute