This is a fun challenge for students that help them practice their micro beats in duple and triple meter. I put this on the outside of my music room door and students who choose to take the challenge and show me get a "polyrhythm five"
If you are audiating you can make music. But if you do not use your brain, you might be a zombie.
Teaching by rote starts with the ears. It also is important to offer space for musicians to hear it in their hear (audiate) so that when they sing they have more confidence in what is coming out of their mouth.
Whole pizza = Whole note
Half pizza... (?)
Quarter Pizza... (?)
Eighth pizza... (?)
Start with notes, then create rhythm... combine any variation of those notes with your rhythm and you have a melody.
These rhythms symbols look pretty simular. Use what ever tools you can to help your students identify the visual differences. To me, Du De-ta sounds like a horse galloping and visually looks like a horse.