INTERACTIVE DRUMMING FOR KIDS!
RHYTHM KIDS™ was created and developed
by musician, composer and percussionist, Tom Foote with more than ten
years of in-class research with children of all ages. Tom noticed that
many children stop taking music classes between the ages of 5-9 because
they aged out of "Mommy & Me" classes and they weren't quite ready
for private instruction. Rhythm Kids is designed to help children
integrate and assimilate rhythm into their lives.
With this in mind, RHYTHM KIDS™ began to offer a
program that would combine musical concepts in a way that would keep
children engaged, and actively participating in music, for as long as
possible. The drums were chosen because of their accessibility (ease of
use) and their ability to be used in various ways.
Rhythm Kids™ Vision :
- National standards for music education
- Activities that allow children to create and express themselves through music and movement
- Traditional, global rhythms, and patterns based on cultural music
- Songs from around the
- Music methods that
reinforce language skills
- Music-based games to develop coordination
- Activities that reinforce social skills (listening, cooperation, respect, doing their best, etc)
- Most importantly, it had to be FUN!
Rhythm Kids™ Four Guiding Principles :
- Rhythm is a primal understanding that we carry
within us (heartbeat, language, walking, etc.)
- Rhythm is a basic, fundamental skill that all
children can learn, develop & strengthen
- Rhythm is foundational to other disciplines;
instrument lessons, singing, dancing and playing sports
- Creating a culture of "play" that connects the
freedom of self-expression with the voice, the body and the drum is
important for a student's overall ability to comprehend simple, and even
more advanced, rhythmic concepts
Although we bring
drums to class, RHYTHM KIDS™ is way more than just a drumming class with
our main focus being to develop rhythm using: the voice, the body and
the instrument. Our class format and activities strengthen and draw out a
child's natural sense of rhythm while they have FUN!
RHYTHM KIDS™ is a three year curriculum and the rhythm patterns 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!
WHAT ARE RHYTHM KIDS™CLASSES LIKE?
TYPES OF RHYTHM KIDS CLASSES OFFERED
LEARN MORE ABOUT RHYTHM KIDS™ FOUNDER!
PARENT NOTEBOOK ARTICLE ON THE BENEFITS OF RHYTHM KIDS™!
CHECK OUT MUSIC FROM RHYTHM KIDS MUSIC COLLECTION!
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