The Drumbeat Poem

Annabelle was Peter’s friend,
Peter’s friend was Tom:
Tom was very steady,
Tom was very strong.

Tom began to walk,
At a steady beat,
Peter hurried after him,
Tripping at Tom’s feet.

Tom-Tom-Tom-Tom-Tom…………..
Peter-Peter-Peter-Peter-Peter……….

Peter quite liked Annabelle,
But Annabelle was fast,
Annabelle was hurrying,
Afraid of being last.

Peter-Peter-Peter-Peter-Peter…………
Annabelle-Annabelle-Annabelle-Annabelle-Annabelle………..

Annabelle’s big sister
Also came along,
Annabella hoped that she
Could also join this song.

Annabelle-Annabelle-Annabelle-Annabelle-Annabelle……….
Annabella-Annabella-Annabella-Annabella-Annabella……..

Tom and Annabella
Tried to keep together -
But it was quite difficult,
They had to be quite clever.

Tom-Tom-Tom-Tom-Tom……..
Annabella-Annabella-Annabella-Annabella-Annabella…….

Peter thought that Annabella
Ought to be his friend,
He ran along beside her
To achieve that end.

Peter-Peter-Peter-Peter-Peter………
Annabella-Annabella-Annabella-Annabella-Annabella………

Now that they are travelling
In a little group,
See if you can keep them close
In an endless loop.

Tom-Tom-Tom-Tom-Tom……….
Peter-Peter-Peter-Peter-Peter……….
Annabelle-Annabelle-Annabelle-Annabelle-Annabelle….
Annabella-Annabella-Annabella-Annabella-Annabella………

2002

This poem is to teach basic rythm.

Tom is a one-syllable word, Peter is a two-syllable word, Annabelle is a three-syllable word, Annabella is a four-syllable word.

Chant the names together at the end of every verse. The most difficult rhythms usually involve the three-syllable word Annabella.

At the very end of the poem you really need four people, or if you’ve got a class, four groups of people.

Clapping in time with the syllables makes it easier. :-)

You can find a website dedicated to teaching children about rhythm at http://www.brianjharris.com/

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