Explore Rhythm and Meter With the Chrome Music Lab

Katie Wardrobe of Midnight Music shares her music tech lesson plan, which guides students to compose and play rhythms in different meters with Chrome Music Lab.

In March, Google launched the free Chrome Music Lab Experiments site to celebrate Music In Our Schools month and to allow users to explore the way in which music works.  Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music wrote about the browser-based music tools in his article Google Are Giving Away Experiments To Teach Music And Code.

The 12 experiments that make up the Chrome Music Lab easily lend themselves to multiple uses in music education. This complete lesson plan uses the first one – Rhythm – which allows students to compose and play rhythms in different meters.


Download lesson plan and student worksheet.

Katie Wardrobe

Katie Wardrobe is a music technology trainer and consultant with a passion for helping music teachers. Katie is a qualified teacher (but no, she doesn't currently teach in a school) and she runs hands-on workshops in Australia and overseas. She has presented at more than 50 conferences and other music education events and in 2016 she founded the Midnight Music Community – an online music tech professional development community especially for teachers. Katie's workshops, presentations and online training resources focus on easy ways to incorporate technology – through a range of creative projects – into what you are already doing in your music curriculum.

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  1. Rebecca Burget on April 22, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    What a fun way for kids to get familiar with music concepts! This program provides lots of different ways to experience music!! All of my students so far have been loving their time on Chrome Music Lab! Especially the Kandinsky!

    • Teaching With Orff on May 3, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      That’s wonderful, Rebecca! We hope you continue to pursue innovative ways to engage your students in music-making. – Your friends at Teaching With Orff

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