Friday, August 15, 2014

Montessori Music Tray: Building Rhythms

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.

Montessori music theory tray for kids to explore rhythms from And Next Comes L

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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:


Montessori music theory tray for kids to explore rhythms from And Next Comes L

This music activity was a perfect fit for J. He carefully examined, searched for, and matched the notes to his rhythm flashcard.

Building rhythms with a Montessori music theory activity from And Next Comes L

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.

Building rhythms with a Montessori music theory activity from And Next Comes L

Building rhythms with a Montessori music theory activity from And Next Comes L

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.

Building rhythms with a Montessori music theory activity from And Next Comes L

His rhythm building, on the other hand, could use some more practice.

Building rhythms with a Montessori music theory activity from And Next Comes L

Looking for more rhythm activities? Try out these ideas:


Building rhythms with a Montessori music theory activity from And Next Comes L
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4 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! I am falling in love with your site tonight! I LOVE this music theory activity and can't wait to feature it with one photo in my round up of music theory activities for kids at http://everystarisdifferent.blogspot.com. Thank you so much for taking the time to blog about such a fabulous activity!

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  2. I love the creativity here! But can I get printables of the rhythm cards? (not musically inclined myself...need a bit of help there)

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    1. Hi, Tammie! I don't have a printable for these rhythm cards as I used a set of rhythm flashcards instead. They're only like $5-6 for the set. You can check them out here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0793577756/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0793577756&linkCode=as2&tag=annecol-20&linkId=25A7PUVA7WLZDJBR

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