Beat Goes On – Afro-Brazilian rhythms for EYFS

2:50, 1st July 2019

As a follow-up to the resources printed in the July issue of Music Teacher, Beat Goes On has provided this simple exercise for use at Early Years, along with recommended listening for all of the exercises.

Simple ‘afoxé’

1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a
x x x x x x x x x
What are we here for? Make some mu- sic!


Simple ‘samba’

1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a
x x x x x x x x x
1 2 3 4 Give us some mu- sic

Samba and related styles work well within EYFS music teaching for a number of reasons:

  • the importance and practise of pulse playing
  • the physicality of the music, (dance / movement before playing, internalising rhythm)
  • simple structures and phrasing
  • developing good basic drumming/stick technique across a range of instruments
  • the inclusivity and accessibility of rhythms and songs.

Grupo Triii, Brasil for Children (book and album)

A collection of truly inspiring Brazilian songs for children (with English translations). Full of beautiful melodies, clapping games and simple harmonies.

Adriana Partimpim, Partimpim Dois 

A fabulous album using a mixture of authentic Brazilian rhythms and songs with playful electronic sounds, really good for kids (and grown-ups).

Sergio Mendes, Brasileiro (album)

Martinho da Vila, ‘Canta Canta Minha Gente’ (track)

Other recommended listening/resources

Samba batucada: Beija-Flor de Nilópolis, ‘Samba Enredo 2002’

Bossa Nova: Antonio Carlos Jobim & Vinicius de Moraes, ‘The Girl From Ipanema’

Pagodé: Beth Carvalho, ‘Vou Festejar’

Roda de Samba: Cartola, ‘Alvorada’

Samba Reggae: Paul Simon with Olodum, ‘The Obvious Child’

Axé: Timbalada, ‘A Latinha’

Traditional maracatu: Maracatu Nação, ‘Cheguei Meu Povo’

Mangue beat: Naçäo Zumbi, ‘Maracatu Atômico’

Drum’n’bass: Carnival Collective, ‘Pick Up Your Mind’ via

Samba Funk: Funk n Lata, ‘Sambadrome’

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