by Tamsyn

September 11, 2011

NOTE:  The materials to this product are no longer available separately, they have been rolled into the Membership site.

Welcome to “Beginning Rhythm”, an e-program designed to help you teach rhythm to musical beginners of all ages.  Here is what you will find in the program:

The price is $10.00

Includes all contents of the original “Beginning Rhythm for Preschoolers” released in 2010, and has been updated to include more time signatures, more notes and note combinations, and a 35-page instructional e-book, “Beginning Rhythm”.
The printables in this version have been separated from the e-book for easier reading, and are contained in separate files.  No resizing should be necessary, check your printer settings before printing.  This is the highlight of the whole program, and has already been successfully used with many beginning music students.  I hope you enjoy it!


Rhythm Bingo
Rhythm Bingo comes with one master sheet (the same printable as the “rhythm reference sheet” in “I’ve Got Rhythm), and 15 individual bingo cards.  They should already be sized to fit your printer.  Here are a few things that you can do with the bingo cards: 
  • Play the rhythms left to right as a sight-reading exercise
  • Cover all notes except one column and tell your student that you are going to play one of the rhythms and let them tell you which one you played.
  • Play bingo!
  •  Try three different levels for your students, Easiest: Rhythm solfege.  Medium:  Clapping or percussion instrument, Hardest:  Say and Play
Measure Cards

There are a myriad of ways that you can use these 133 measures of printouts.  There are three sizes, full letter sizes, ¼ of that, and again, ¼ of the medium sized ones.  The large sized cards are best for classroom use, as well as for very young children.  The medium cards are best for young children in studio use.  The small ones are nice for a travel bag, older students, and puzzle exercises.  There are 56 cards for 4/4 meter (which coincide with “I’ve got rhythm” and “Bingo”), available with or without numbers.  There are 33 cards for 3/4 meter, and 50 for 6/8 meter.  Each is available individually if you want to single out a measure for specific use, or in a bulk file if you want to just print them all out.  Be prepared for a lot of printing!  Here are just a few ways that you can use these cards: 

  •      Flashcards
  •      Printout (or separate from your stack) individual measures that coincide with a song that you want to teach to help students isolate a tricky rhythm. 
  •  Give several students one card each.  Have them stand in a circle and say their respective measure.  Then play this game:  One student says somebody else’s rhythm in the circle.  That person has to recognize that the rhythm notated was theirs, and they in turn will say a new person’s rhythm.  If the person saying the rhythm says it incorrectly, they are out.  If a person fails to recognize their own rhythm when it is spoken correctly, they are also out.  Last two players win.  (This game is especially tricky when played with 3/4 and 6/8 cards played at the same time.  Call the game “Syncopation!”) 
  •  Printout an extra copy of the time signatures in “I’ve got rhythm”.  Laminate them, and have the student match the time signature with the measure cards.  (This exercise involves the combined use of all meters.  Note that none of these measure cards are in 2/4) 
  •  Use as a puzzle to put together the first few measures of a song.  Speak or clap the rhythm.
Nursery Rhymes

The nursery rhymes are as follows:

In 2/4,
Mary had a little lamb
Rain, Rain, Go Away
Lavender Blue
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Ring Around the Rosies (which can also be correctly notated in 6/8, as the eighth notes are often swung.)
Hickory Dickory Dock
Humpty Dumpty
Rainbow Castle Manipulatives-  Bonus Material!

About the author 


My name is Tamsyn and I love music. I got my bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from USU. I spent many years teaching private piano lessons until I had children of my own. I have attended several children workshops on how to teach children music. I really like the Kodaly method, but have adapted a lot of different techniques for my own children.

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  1. Tamsyn lvoed going through your blog and wartching all your you tube videos breakfast time with the kids . You have a lovely family , beautiful kids . I love those music games , my kids are asking for them now . I am doing soft mozart with the kids and have changed the icons in Little musician to solfege icons do re mi . Do you think it is possible for you to make those available in your ebook .

  2. This product actually focuses only on rhythm, and the &quot;rainbow castle&quot; was thrown in for fun. There is a solfege version included.<br><br>I tried to isolate rhythm alone for simplicity.<br><br>You may be happy to know that I&#39;m about a week away from releasing a new product that is all about solfege, and the colors are perfectly compatible with Little Musician. I&#39;m really

  3. Hello your program looks amazing to help my young students. Where can I buy it? The site didn't work.

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