TRIPLETS in MUSIC
Triplets in music are a group of three notes, or notes and rests that are played in the same time as two notes of the same value.
An important point to note is that triplets are only found in simple time!
Triplets can look like this…
More about Triplets in Music
- Not Beamed: if the notes of the triplet are not beamed, then a bracket and a 3 is used to show that the three notes are in fact a triplet.
- Beamed: if the notes of the triplet are beamed, then the bracket is not needed, only the 3.
- If three of the same notes do not have a 3, then it is not a triplet.
TRIPLETS Anchor Chart
The Triplet Anchor Chart can be downloaded by CLICKING the red button. Laminate it and display it in your classroom as a visual aid. It can also be projected as a teaching aid or pasted it into student workbooks.
Teaching Triplets in Music
The Star Wars Theme is an excellent piece to use when teaching triplets. It is a melody that is already familiar to students.
Let the students listen to the theme and ask them to raise their hand each time they hear a triplet.
Another good idea is to show students a page of the score so they can see how the triplets are written. Listen through again and follow the score.
A most important step is to guide students as they clap, say and count the rhythm. This helps them ‘feel’ or internalize the triplets in relation to the beat. The sheet music is available online from numerous sources.
The Triplet Anchor Chart can be downloaded by CLICKING the red button.