The files that most often get downloaded off of this site are the Rhythm Worksheets.  So, I thought I would highlight these for those of you who have not seen them yet.

Rhythm worksheets and other helpful PDFs for teachers are under the Wendy’s Piano Studio tab under the submenu: Teaching Resources.  There are 2 sections with rhythm worksheets:

1.  Music Progressions Rhythms
This section features a set of 10 levels of rhythms that correspond with the Kansas Music Teachers Association (and the Washington MTA) curriculum called Music Progressions.  The rhythms get progressively more difficult, even using two handed rhythms starting in Level 7 and polyrhythms in Level 10. 

2.  Rhythm Worksheets
These are worksheets that I have created to introduce and drill certain kinds of rhythms.  For example, if I am introducing eighth notes to a student for the first time, I will print the eighth note worksheet and have them practice these at home.   I use the Eighth Note Worksheet, the Dotted Quarter Note Worksheet, and the 6/8 timing Worksheet the most often in my studio.

You’ll notice in the Rhythm Worksheet section that Levels 1-10 of Music Progressions Worksheets are also found on this page.  This is just to make finding all rhythm worksheets easier.

USING THE WORKSHEETS
In my studio, I ask my students to count out loud.  So, the usual process for using these worksheets (and a few variations that are effective) is as follows:

  1. Counting/Clapping.  Ask the student to practice counting out loud and clapping the rhythms. 
  2. Metronome.   If they are able to do this well, ask them to use the metronome while they are counting and clapping (usually set at 72).
  3. Cool Sounds.  If they complete this successfully, ask them to find a “cool sound” on the piano and play the rhythm with that sound, counting out loud and with the metronome. 
    I like to encourage students to use sounds other than 3rds, 5ths, and triads, though we’ll often start with those intervals especially if that is the focus of that week’s lesson.  To me, a cool sound might be a cluster, a tritone, or any number of notes that just sound interesting together.

 

Since this is the most often accessed part of the site, I have a questions for you: What other kinds of rhythm drills would be most helpful to you?

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