Teaching Rhythm

November 20th, 2007 by

Rhythm is one of those things that can be hard for some students to grasp at first.  I find it best to help students “feel” the rhythm.  I didn’t quite understand rhthym until I played with a drummer, so I suggest you pull out some percussion instruments at that next lesson.  Use some rhythm flash cards to get your student playing a little tamborine or bongos.  They will be super excited to be playing the drums.  If you need a little more structure for your rhythm lessons, I would recommend Alfred’s Kid’s Drum Method. 

The other thing you can do is incorporate dance.  Dancing will get your student literally feeling the beat once and for all.  Try learning a few basic salsa or swing moves and teach your kids how to dance and count the beat.  You can even add a little music history depending on the dance style you pick.  Jazz history for swing dancing, Latin music history for salsa.

 Now get shakin’.

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Bella Payne
While working on a degree in Sociology with plans to become a Social Worker, I fell into teaching piano lessons as a way to pay my bills. I had no idea I was stumbling into a totally fulfilling, creative and exciting career! Every day, I teach several students in their homes, in my home, and online how to play piano from scratch. Over the last 10 years, I have seen kids and adults go from timid b... [Read more]

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