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.
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!!