RHYTHM KIDS CLASSES:
Rhythm Kids® is a new music, movement, and drumming program that helps children complete the pathway of early childhood music development from birth to age 8. Rhythm Kids is segmented into two classes, Rhythm Kids 1, for children ages 4–5, and Rhythm Kids 2, for ages 6-8
Rhythm Kids is designed to help children integrate and assimilate rhythm, and includes:
- 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
Singing, Movement and Drumming
Although we typically bring African djembe drums to class, Rhythm Kids is way more than just a drumming class. Our main focus is to develop the children’s rhythm skills through singing, movement and rhythm instruments. 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 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. 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.