Rhythm Kids™ is an exciting music, movement, and drumming class that follows through on Music Together®’s vision to help children complete the pathway of early childhood music development from birth through age 8. Rhythm Kids is segmented into two developmentally appropriate programs, Rhythm Kids Level 1 for children ages 4–5 and Rhythm Kids Level 2 for children in Kindergarten, first, and second grades. Both are designed to help children integrate and assimilate rhythm through:
• Learning multicultural drumming patterns in unique animal groupings
• Developing new repertoire on various percussion instruments
• Exploring movement and dance while singing songs
• Playing games based on music and drumming
• Drumming along with Tom at home via online Rhythm Kids tutorial videos
In Level 1, parents/caregivers must attend with their child. In Level 2, parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend and are always welcome, but are not required to be in class. Because of insurance requirements, however, parents of Level 2 children must stay in the building during class. Classes are 45 minutes long.
In addition to the tutorial videos for families and teachers, another exciting aspect of the program is its curriculum content: approximately half of the songs and chants have been newly created especially for Rhythm Kids. The other songs, selected from the Music Together song collections and sometimes specially adapted for the Rhythm Kids curricula, are chosen for their appeal and learning potential.
First Notes is honored to have been chosen as a third year pilot site for this exciting new curriculum.