Friday, August 16, 2013

Giveaway of Rhythm Card Set

When I first started to teach the Music For Young Children program, I was pleasantly surprised by how young children respond to sounds and how naturally they feel rhythm so the concept of rhythmic dictation for these little ones was very intriguing. In my early years with musical studies, I was never quite exposed to these kinds of rhythmic activities. Ear training exercises were sporadic and always secondary to practising and developing skills at the piano. The experience involved structured listening exercises and responding exactly according to what was expected in an exam environment. So, naturally, I was very interested in learning how to teach and help these children experience rhythm...in a creative way!

Rhythm dictation is a vital component of the MYC curriculum from the beginning and these young students learn to listen and dictate rhythm using manipulatives such as popsicle sticks for the quarter note rhythm from the very first lesson. As lessons progress, more rhythms are being introduced and the rhythmic patterns become more complex. I have to say that students enjoy the tactile experience tremendously for representing "rhythm stories" (as we call it) and it is just wonderful to see these kids having fun, all while developing a sensitivity to rhythmic patterns and sharpening their listening skills!

I have pondered a little more this summer and decided to plan things a little differently for rhythmic activities in my lessons. While I enjoy using manipulatives, it is considerable time spent to create these "toys" from craft supplies and often these items get lost from rhythm baggies. I have decided to use rhythm cards instead this year and to prevent the occasional missing card/rhythm, the cards are hole punched and students keep them in a binder ring. I have designed my first rhythm card set and this year, students will be collecting colourful cards for each rhythm as it is introduced to add to their collection.

So how can I use these rhythm cards? Here are some ideas I have in mind..
  • Introducing Rhythms
  • Students can play games like "Rhythm War" 
  • Rhythm dictation exercises
  • Identify Accents for simple and compound time signatures
  • Rest Placement exercises 
  • Construct rhythm for different time signatures
The colours at the top and bottom bars of the cards make it really easy for kids to pick out the rhythm, time signature or accent cards they need quickly amongst the pile of 40 cards in the deck. This rhythm card set includes 5 time signature cards, 8 "Accent" cards and 27 rhythm cards and comes printed on sturdy and thick card stock.

Without further ado, here's a sneak peek and a little product video introducing the new rhythm card set!



Here's the part I hope you will be excited about! I am hosting a giveaway of this new rhythm card set and would love to present to 3 teachers who will each receive 2 decks (one for teacher and another for his/her student) to try in your studios (of which I will be grateful for your feedback).

If anyone is interested in entering in the draw for this giveaway, please leave me a comment. Share this post on your facebook page and you will receive another entry to this draw! (be sure to let me know if have done so)

The draw will take place on Wednesday, August 21st at 1pm
Hope to hear from many of you!!

26 comments:

  1. This looks intriguing, Wendy! I'd like to watch the YouTube video, but it seems to be listed as "private." Please enter me in the giveaway, however! :)

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    1. Ooops, thanks Joy for letting me know :) I've changed the setting for the YouTube video so it is accessible now.

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  2. I'd love to try these out, Wendy! It looks like it would be a great resource for helping students learn rhythm. Thank you for hosting this generous giveaway!

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  3. These look great, Wendy! I'd love to try them with some students.

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  4. Hi Wendy,

    Looks like a useful resource you've developed.

    Please enter me in the draw?

    Can I find ideas on how to use the rhythm cards within your blog? I'm not sure how I'd use them, but love the idea of doing more rhythm "games" with my kids.

    Thanks from Sydney,

    Sushila

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  5. Hi Wendy,

    I would love to get a copy and try it out with my students

    Loraine

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  6. Thanks for this great resource, Wendy. Video shows a few ways to use the cards and making games. I have posted a comment on FB also.
    Aleta

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  7. I would LOVE to win this! :-)

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  8. Wendy, these look great! I would love to try these!
    Dixie

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  9. I would love to have and try them with my students! Hope I could be a winner!!!

    MJ

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  10. I'd love to try them too, Wendy!

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  11. Thanks for taking time to make the video! It's so much easier to visualize how to use this great product. I've never come across anything like it. Would love to try them!

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  12. I would love to have a copy, Wendy! Please enter me in the draw. :)

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  13. In my studio, "rhythm is Job #1" -- so these cards would be much appreciated! Will you be selling them after the drawing?
    I will also post the link on my Facebook page :-)

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    1. Thank you for your interest! Yes, I will be adding the rhythm cards to the store soon

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  14. great cards -- hope to win a set to try out in my classes! :-)

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  15. These look great Wendy! I enjoyed the video!

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  16. I would love to use these with all my students, but especially a couple of transfer students who are having some difficulty with rhythm. Please put me in your drawing. Thanks!!

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  17. Love your stuff. Thanks for the chance

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  18. These look great Wendy! Please enter me in the giveaway.

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  19. Wendy, you have such an artistic flair! These look wonderful...please enter me in your giveaway :)

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  20. Please enter me, they look fantastic!

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  21. Adorable as always!
    I will love a set :)

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  22. You make such great materials. I would like a set as well!

    Jessica

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