Beginner Rhythms

As your students progress along their musical journey and discover more complex rhythms you can include them gradually into your rhythm activities.

However when your students are just getting started there’s no need to be too creative. It’s far more effective to use the same small set of rhythms and really get them embedded into their unconscious minds.

This has the benefit, not only of focusing on the more important rhythms, but also increasing their likelihood of success. My number one priority is that they finish an activity feeling successful.

So we’re going to start with simple crotchet and quaver patterns, quarter and eighth notes if you prefer.

Download this PDF resource to discover a quick overview of Kodály rhythm names, my favourite beginner rhythms and some of the songs in which they are found.

If you haven’t already – make sure you read my blog post on how to use these rhythms in your classroom

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