Clothesline Rhythms – New Counting Cards

My elementary students have been enjoying the “rhythm of the week” challenge we started this semester.  I’ve been hanging a 4-measure pattern using my Clothesline Rhythm cards before students arrive each day.   At some point during their lessons, we take a break from the piano and work on counting and performing the rhythm (by clapping, jumping, stomping, etc.). This week, I decided to create … Continue reading

Silly Putty Rhythms

Silly Putty rhythms are one of the all-time student favorite activties in my studio.  After all, who doesn’t love Silly Putty???  To teach beginning note durations, I have several “Beat Boards” – boards with several hearts painted, each representing one beat (or “musical heartbeat”).   We stick blobs of Silly Putty to the boards to represent notes: Students learn that one “note” to each heartbeat is a … Continue reading