We've done our fair share of music theory games around here. For instance, I've introduced my boys to different music notation with our music note matching games here and here and we've used our music rocks as a stepping stone (ha!) to learning about rests in music. We've explored the grand staff using mirrors and a DIY grand staff board. Now we've moved on to learning about rhythms in music. This simple Montessori music theory tray is a great way to explore rhythms, time signatures, bar lines, and more.
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Since J isn't quite 5 and K isn't quite 3, I kept this exploration of rhythms fairly simply. We used simple rhythms in 4/4 and 3/4 time signatures with no rests. For this activity, we used:
- Simple rhythm patterns from this Hal Leonard Music Flashcards Set A
- Toothpicks for bar lines
- DIY music stones - I also made some with the numbers 3 and 4 on them so that the boys could also make the time signatures.
This music activity was a perfect fit for J. He carefully examined, searched for, and matched the notes to his rhythm flashcard.
He even made sure to add "sticks," as he liked to call them, for the bar lines. I told J that they were called bar lines, as it was his first introduction to them.
Once he completed the rhythm, I clapped and counted the rhythm out loud for him. J then clapped along with me when I repeated the rhythm.
K is still a bit young for this activity, although he did manage to match the numbers of the time signature correctly.
His rhythm building, on the other hand, could use some more practice.
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