Today, I thought I’d share about a quick and fun rhythm game I’ve been using lately with some of my younger students.
Game: Which Rhythm Pattern Do You Hear?
- Choose two animal erasers.
- The teacher creates two rhythm patterns using these free cards, laying out each one by an animal eraser.
- The teacher chants one of the two rhythm patterns and asks the student: Which animal’s rhythm pattern did you hear?
- Repeat with new rhythm patterns.
- If the student is ready for it, next try having the teacher and the student switch roles.
I like this activity because it keeps the focus on the SOUND of the rhythm patterns and because the only notation-related skill that is required is recognition. When switching roles, of course, the student is then required to create and perform notated rhythm patterns.
And if you are working with a small group of students, here is an idea for variating the game:
- Each student notates a rhythm pattern, with an animal eraser sitting near it.
- Whoever is “it” randomly chooses a pattern and chants it for the group.
- The rest of the students identify which animal’s pattern was heard.