Friday, September 10, 2010

Music: Rhythm Cards

Yesterday, I introduced the song/rhythm:
Bee Bee Bumble Bee
Can you sing your name to me?

It has the same rhythm as "Rain, Rain Go Away"

We all tapped our paper to the rhythm, learned to play it on the glockenspiel and then played the bumble bee game while chanting the song.

This morning, I was printing out rhythm sheets for next week's class and thought I'd share this wonderful resource (again) for those who are doing music with their kids.

We use the Kodaly method (to a certain extent) and I'll be introducing the concepts of "Ta" (quarter note) and "Ti di" (two eighth notes).  We'll say and clap (and use rhythm sticks) to a number of rhythms.  So with the example you see above we'll chant "Ta Ta Ti-di Ta."

You can find these wonderful rhythm cards at We'll mostly be using rhythm card set 1 which has quarter note and eighth note rhythms.

And on that note, there's a book that I really love for introducing music to young children (K-6th grades) that has wonderful games, good song lists to introduce to children (and at what grade) and so forth (and lots and lots of theory). It's called Kodaly Today: A cognitive Approach to Elementary Music Education. It's expensive, so you might want to borrow it from the library first. Still, I've sure learned a lot and it's a book that I wound up buying since we try to do a lot with music (especially games and singing).

UPDATE, Fall 2015:
My youngest is now 7 and this semester the kids will be learning/reviewing notes, rhythm, music notation and more.  Using a lot of free resources, I have put our Music Curriculum plans together into a 8-week plan (it might take us longer) that is a free download over at my new location.  The packet is 15 pages or so AND it has hyperlinks to many *amazing* free music resources.  Again, you will find that new post over at my new location,  Free Beginner's Music Curriculum: Learning Notes, Rhythm, Music Notation and more   See you there! ~Liesl

 You'll find links to lots of the different games and activities we'll be using:
Free Beginner's Music Curriculum: Learning Notes, Rhythm, Music Notation and more 
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