Kids know what they like. For five-through eight-year-olds, it's telling silly stories, playing games (with rules, of course!), and sharing new things. Our interactive Rhythm Kids classes tap into how big kids are wired to learn. Music games, rhythm pattern play, drumming and more, engage their creativity, and inspire them to explore musicality in new ways, both in and out of class.
During each weekly, high-energy class, kids have a blast singing, dancing, and jamming to rhythms and tunes inspired by musical traditions from around the world. Their teacher leads group and individual activities that get students up and moving as they learn to compose, choreograph, and conduct.
BONUS: These music and movement activities naturally support several key developmental areas, including executive function, emerging math skills, cooperation, leadership and so much more - WOW!
• Play dynamic musical games and work in ensembles
• Learn traditional multicultural drumming patterns through rhythmic chants
• Experience drumming, song, and dance from around the world (i.e. Mali, Puerto Rico, Ghana, Turkey)
• Develop skill in improvising, soloing, and conducting
Each student receives a Rhythm Kids songbook and CD, download code, and access to interactive online video drumming tutorials, so that the entire family can continue the fun and learning at home. This program is taught as a parent-child class. Please be prepared to stay and play!
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.