Rhythm, the temporal, fluid element of music, is the most complex concept to learn, but Music-Go-Rounds make it easier. They are fun to use, easy to rearrange in different patterns, and help bridge the gap between theory and practice. Mary Ann Stewart has developed this step-by-step approach that offers concrete “hand holds” to explore all aspects of rhythm: pulse, beat, duration, pattern, meter, and time signatures.
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- Heartbeats (28033) - Set of 36
Introduce steady beat, loud/soft, fast/slow, and patterns of stressed and unstressed beats. Great for pre-reading, left-to-right eye movement, and ear-training activities.
- Stick Rhythms (28026) - Set of 20
Arrange stick notation patterns of single beats (quarter), divided beats (double eighths), and silent beats (quarter rests). Combine with MGR Heartbeats.
- Simple, Simple Add-ons, and Compound Rhythms (99102) - Set of 92
Gain practice and fluency in rhythm reading, ear training, and dictation. There are enough rhythms in the sets to arrange in patterns, phrases, and familiar tunes to develop reading, notating, and listening skills. Each set includes a downloadable PDF Activity Guide by Mary Ann and Amy Stewart, with activities, games, and a graph of familiar songs by level of rhythmic difficulty, including which rhythms (and how many of each) are in each song.
- Rhythm N'Counters (28054) - Set of 64
Learn concepts of note values and relationships, counting, meter, and time signatures. Colors and length of strips show relative durations.
- Basic Rhythms (28183) - Set of 35
This set supplements Rhythm N'Counters above, adding extra pieces of the most basic rhythms so that you can create longer patterns. Proportionally sized to show relative durations.
- Rhythm Building Bricks (28193) - Set of 18
Inspired by Gunild Keetman's Orff rhythm building bricks, these 2-beat patterns include quarter notes and rests, half notes, and double eighths. Ideal for ear training and for combining in longer patterns to clap, play, create grooves, add words for chants, and improvise tunes.
- White Write-On Blank Dots (28100) - Set of 6
In case you need a few extra rhythms.