Rhythm Kids

Fall 2018 features the Alligator collection!

Rhythm Kids is an exciting music, movement and drumming class that follows through on Music Together®’s vision to help children complete the pathway of early childhood music development from birth to age 8. Rhythm Kids is segmented into two developmentally appropriate programs, Rhythm Kids Level I for children ages 4-5, and Rhythm Kids Level II for children in Kindergarten through second grade (ages 5 - 8).

Rhythm Kids Level I

Rhythm Kids Level I is the next musical step for your child aged 4 - 5 years, with a parent or caregiver. Each week we drum, sing, dance, play rhythm instruments, and begin to play music-based games. Rhythm Kids Level I guides children toward developmentally appropriate music and movement activities, where they can begin to take charge, lead others, and be musically creative, as they:

  • make up their own drumming patterns

  • invent new ways to play rhythm instruments (shakers, sticks, etc.)

  • create movement ideas for songs

  • even take a drum solo!

Classes are for children ages 4 - 5 and include:

  • 10 weekly, 45-minute classes

  • Songbook and CD (2 copies) each semester

  • Access to online drum-play videos and other material

Children will:

  • Explore the world of rhythm through movement, instrument play, and song

  • Develop basic rhythm skills, like keeping beat, improvising, ensemble play, and soloing

  • Learn to create, cooperate, and express themselves musically

Drums will be provided for the class each week, but if you’d like your child to have a drum to play with at home (and then continue to use in Level II classes!), please speak to your teacher. 

 

Rhythm Kids Level II

Rhythm Kids Level II is an exciting music, movement, and drumming class for children in Kindergarten through second grade (ages 5 through 8). Children integrate and assimilate rhythm into their lives, as they:

  • Explore traditional drumming patterns through animal names and movements

  • Experience drumming, song, and dance from around the world (Mali, Puerto Rico, Ghana, Turkey, etc.)

  • Develop skill in improvising, soloing, conducting, composition and ensemble playing

  • Play new repertoire on various percussion instruments

  • Explore movement and dance while singing songs

  • Play active musical games that are both enriching and totally fun!

As part of the Rhythm Kids experience, children and their grownups can enjoy drumming play and practice sessions at home with the help of online play-along videos featuring Rhythm Kids co-creator, Tom Foote. 

Classes are for children K–2 (ages 5 through 8) and include:

  • 10 weekly, 45-minute classes

  • Animal Collection Songbook and CDs (2 copies) each semester

  • Access to online video tutorials and play-alongs 

This is an instrument-learning class, so your child will need a drum. Please speak to your teacher for more information.

The Voice, the Body & the Drum

Although we typically play African djembe drums in class, Rhythm Kids is way more than just a drumming class, as our main focus is to develop rhythm using the voice, the body and the instrument. Classes include singing, movement, rhythm activities, games, improvisation, and drumming patterns. Children learn and experience the drum patterns in chant form first, and then transfer that learning into drumming and movement, some of which is based on traditional folk dance. Classes include activities and instrument play that allow children to create and express themselves through music and movement, multicultural rhythm patterns, songs from around the world, and music-based games and activities.