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DepEd Teaches Wrong Rhythmic Pattern in YouTube Music Class

Can you spot the mistakes in this video?
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The DepEd is once again in hot water after it published a video teaching children wrong rhythmic patterns in Music class. The now-deleted video was uploaded on the DepEd’s YouTube channel on December 21. The following is a clip saved from the original video before it was taken down at 6 p.m. today, January 1. 

Netizens quickly noticed the error in the video after Teacher Eujan Abracia demonstrated how to read and clap rhythmic patterns in different time signatures. Abracia can be seen teaching students to clap four times to represent the whole note. 

Instead of clapping four times, she should have clapped once and kept her hands together while counting four beats to represent the whole note. 

But that was just one of the errors in the video. Abracia also confused the time signature with fractions, pronouncing the 4|4 signature as “four-fourths” instead of “four-four.”

Wala bang content evaluator ang video na ito bago i-release sa official page?” asked one person in the comments section of the video. “Sana sinusuri ng mabuti ang mga Itinuturo. Kaya tayo napupulaan sa Kagawaran dahil hindi sinusuring mabuti ang mga nilalaman ng bawat video lessons. Paano na lang ang quality education kung dito pa lang lagpak na?”

(Didn’t this video pass through a content evaluator? This should have been thoroughly evaluated. This is why we at the Department are being criticized because the videos being released are not properly screened. What would happen to quality education if we can’t even make this right?)

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For everyone’s reference, here is an example of the correct way of counting rhythmic patterns in basic time signatures.

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