Rhythm Kids

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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 through music 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!

Have a listen to the music of Rhythm Kids!

 

 

"'Bout My Friends" Tom Foote and Justine Chadley, arranged by Kenneth K. Guilmartin, ©2017, "Kakilambe" Traditional, arranged and adapted by Kenneth K. Guilmartin ©2015, "Chandamaama Raave" Traditional, arranged and adapted with English Lyrics by Kenneth K. Guilmartin and Tom Foote ©2017,  "Hip Hop Hippo" Tom Foote and Kenneth K. Guilmartin, arranged with Lawrence Haber and Karttikeya ©2016, All songs copyrighted Music Together® LLC. All rights reserved. Sound clips used by permission of the copyright holder.