Find Your Jam!

Rhythm Kids is the next musical step for your preschool and early elementary children with a parent or caregiver. Each week, we drum, sing, dance, play rhythm instruments and begin to play music-based games. Rhythm Kids guides children toward developmentally appropriate music and movement activities, where they can begin to take charge, lead others and by musically creative as they: 

  • make up their own drumming patterns;
  • invent new ways to play rhythm instruments (shakers, sticks, etc.);
  • create movement ideas for songs;
  • and even take a drum solo!
  • Rhythm Kids follows through on the Music Together® vision to help children complete the pathway of early childhood music development from birth through age 8. 

Classes are for children 4-8 years old:

  • 9 weekly, 45 minute classes
  • Animal Collection Songbook and CD each semester
  • Access to online video tutorials and play-alongs with the creator of Rhythm Kids, Tom Foote.

Your child will:

  • Explore the world of rhythm through movement, instrument play and song
  • Develop basic rhythm skills, like keeping beat, improvising, ensemble play and soloing
  • Learn to create, cooperate and express themselves musically

In addition to our ourdoor classes, we currently offer Rhythm Kids Online via Zoom!  Have concerns about screentime? Here’s what we know. When children stare at a screen and passively receive information, they don't take it in the same way as face-to-face interactions. That's not what we want, nor what we intend for your child's experience and development. Screentime can be effective and beneficial to your child's learning when you're right there with them, actively participating, engaging, and learning, too. We know why - because YOU are the most important ingredient in your child's music development! When you immerse in the experience with your child, interacting with your teacher online, and each other in your home, using computers, screens, and devices can be a wonderful tool for learning. For more on this topic, check out this article


The Voice, The Body & The Drum

Although we typically bring African djembe drums to class, Rhythm Kids is way more than just a drumming class as our main focus is to develop rhythm using the voice, the body and the instrument. 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 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!

 

Listen to the music in Rhythm Kids

The rhythms taught in our classes are adapted from the music of 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!

Have a listen to the music of Rhythm Kids!

"'Bout My Friends" Tom Foote and Justine Chadley, arranged by Kenneth K. Guilmartin, ©2017,

"Kakilambe" Traditional, arranged and adapted by Kenneth K. Guilmartin ©2015,

"Chandamaama Raave" Traditional, arranged and adapted with English Lyrics by Kenneth K. Guilmartin and Tom Foote ©2017,  

 All songs copyrighted Music Together®LLC. All rights reserved. Sound clips used by permission of the copyright holder.