Rhythm Kids is segmented into two programs, one for children ages 4–5 (Rhythm Kids Level 1) and the other for children in Kindergarten, first, and second grades (Rhythm Kids Level 2). Both are designed to help children integrate and assimilate rhythm, and include:
Learning multicultural drumming patterns in unique animal-themed groupings
Developing new repertoire on various percussion instruments
Exploring movement and dance while singing songs
Playing games based on music and drumming
The Voice, The Body & The Drum
Although we typically bring African djembe drums to 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 throughmusic and movement, multicultural rhythm patterns (patterns based on cultural music), songs from around the world and music-based games and activities.
About the Rhythms
Rhythm Kids is a three-year curriculum and the rhythm patterns taught in our classes are adapted from cultures all around the world including; Ghana, Puerto Rico, Morocco, Mali, Guinea, Columbia, Senegal, Nigeria and many others. The benefits of music in a child's life are long lasting and we hope our classes will bring music and happiness to your child, to your family and to your community for many, many years!
Listen to the music in Rhythm Kids
The rhythms taught in our classes are adapted from the music of Ghana, Puerto Rico, Morocco, Mali, Guinea, Columbia, Senegal, Nigeria and many others. The music is pitched just right for children's voices, and the arrangements are fun, sophisticated, and loved by children---and grownups! The combination gives children a rich music experience, and makes this kids’ music enjoyable for adult listening, too!