Rhythm Kids was created and developed by musican, composer and percussionist, Tom Foote with more than ten years of in-class research with children of all ages. Tom noticed that many children stop taking music classes between the ages of 5-9 because they aged out of "Mommy & Me" classes and they weren't quite ready for private instruction. Rhythm Kids is designed to help children integrate and assimilate rhythm into their lives.
With this in mind, Rhythm Kids began to offer a program that would combine musical concepts in a way that would keep children engaged, and actively participating in music, for as long as possible. The drums were chosen because of their accessibility (ease of use) and their ability to be used in various ways. The vision was to include the following; national standards for music education, activities that allow children to create and express themselves through music and movement, traditional, global rhythms (or patterns based on cultural music), musical methods that reinforce language skills, songs from around the world, music-based games and activities to develop coordination and reinforce social skills (listening, cooperation, doing their best, respect, etc.). Most importantly, it had to be fun, because that is important for children at this age.
Four Guiding Principles
- Rhythm is something we carry within us
- Rhythm is a basic, fundamental musical skill
- Rhythm is foundational to other disciplines
- Creating a culture of "play" allow children to flourish musically
Although we bring drums to class, Rhythm Kids is way more than just a drumming class with our main focus being to develop rhythm using the voice, the body and the instrument. Our class format and activities strengthen and draw out a child's natural sense of rhythm while they have FUN!
Rhythm Kids is a three year curriculum and the rhythm patterns are adapted from cultures all around the world including; Ghana, Puerto Rico, Morocco, Mali, Guinea, Columbia, Senegal, Nigeria and many others. The benefits of music in a child's life are long lasting and we hope our classes will bring music and happiness to your child, to your family and to your community for many, many years!
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