Rhythm Kids Levels 1 & 2

 
 
For children from pre-K through second grade, Rhythm Kids by Music Together® is the music and movement program where children explore rhythm through drumming, singing, and dancing to a combination of Music Together songs specifically adapted for their age and new music inspired from around the world. Classes are led by our trained teachers, and children continue learning outside of class with our proprietary interactive videos.
 
Taught in two levels, one for four- and five-year-olds and one for kindergarteners through second graders, Rhythm Kids completes the early childhood music development path from birth through age 8, including music pre-literacy. Children learn to drum, sing, move to new rhythms, work in ensembles, conduct, and improvise. Through dynamic music games and activities, they develop skills like recognizing and playing patterns and soloing, they develop timing, coordination, listening skills and self-expression, and they build self-confidence and social abilities.
 
In each weekly class, your child will drum, sing, move, and play to rhythms inspired by musical traditions around the world, from West African Gahu, to Japanese Taiko, to Brazilian Samba, to name a few. As they learn to think and create like a musician, they’ll also gain valuable skills they’ll take to the elementary school classroom (and beyond!): confidence, focus, leadership, cognitive flexibility, and more. By the end of the semester, your child will be eager to show off what they’ve learned!
 
Caregiver attendance is welcome but not required for this age group. Caregivers of Level 1 students should be there on the first day of the semester to assess their child's level of comfort and to ensure they are comfortable attending the class without their caregiver. Each student receives a Rhythm Kids songbook, CD, downloads, and access to interactive online video drumming tutorials, so that the entire family can continue the fun and learning at home, and parents can stay connected to what their child is learning in class.
 
 

What Makes Rhythm Kids the Right Choice?
Rhythm Kids not only extends the traditional Music Together experience but also allows any child to enter into a class and start to grow their musical skills and love of music by emphasizing the best educational models appropriate to their age:
  • Social interaction with peers
  • Carefully curated musical experiences designed to broaden their horizons culturally, historically, rhythmically, and tonally
  • A play- and fun-based, yet structured environment in which to grow
Keep Learning at Home with Video Instruction.
Rhythm Kids’ learning continues at home, with interactive videos designed to be a fun, anytime activity for kids and parents alike.  This cutting edge approach brings a great, constructive activity to your family’s day, and sets the stage for further musical learning in lessons, and musical literacy.
While your kids are having fun, they’ll be refining focus, dexterity, coordination, and rhythm – all things they’ll use every day for the rest of their lives.

Rhythm Kids Level 1
Rhythm Kids Level 1 is the next musical step for your preschool child (ages 4-6) with a parent or caregiver.
Utilizing the Music Together curriculum each week, we drum, sing, dance, play rhythm instruments, and begin to play music-based games. Rhythm Kids 1 guides children toward developmentally appropriate music and movement activities, where they can begin to take charge, lead others, and be musically creative, as they:
  • make up their own drumming patterns
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  • invent new ways to play rhythm instruments (shakers, sticks, etc.)
  • create movement ideas for songs
  • explore the world of rhythm through movement, instrument play, and song
  • develop basic rhythmic skills, like keeping beat, improvising, ensemble play, and soloing
  • learn to create, cooperate, and express themselves musically
  • take their first drum solo!
Rhythm Kids Level 2 
Rhythm Kids Level 2 classes are for children ages 5 yrs. through 8 yrs.
In this class, children integrate and assimilate rhythm into their lives as they:
  • learn multicultural drumming patterns
  • develop new repertoire on various percussion instruments
  • explore movement and dance while singing songs
  • play games based on music and drumming
  • have fun with a host of rhythmic activities

All classes include:
  • Weekly, 45-minute classes
  • Animal Collection CD and Songbook, as well as downloads of all the songs we will be working on each semester
  • Access to online video tutorials and play-alongs
  • Access to online in-home activity pages
Children will:
  • Learn, create, discover and explore music, movement and drumming
  • Enjoy age-appropriate ways to play rhythm instruments
  • Explore traditional drumming patterns through animal names and movements
  • Experience drumming, song, and dance from around the world (Mali, Puerto Rico, Turkey, etc.)
  • Find new ways to connect mind, body, and voice through rhythm
  • Develop skill in improvising, soloing, conducting, composition, and improvisation
  • Participate in active musical games that are both enriching and totally fun!

 

Drums! 

While your child will engage in many varied and fun activities, drumming is a vital part of the class. Drums are provided for all students in class. To get the most out of Level 2, you'll want to purchase a drum for your child to play at home (optional for Level 1). In class, we use 7" x 12.5" djembes, but you can feel free getting whatever size you think is best for your child. Your teacher can also help you decide if you'd like a second opinion!
 
We offer high-quality, student-level Toca djembe drums for sale on our site. Besides getting the best price available for these drums, your drum will be waiting for you to take home with you at your next class. Purchase your child's drum through us here.
 
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Noe Valley/Mission (Holy Innocents)
Holy Innocents Episcopal Church
455 Fair Oaks Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Wednesday 4:30 PM Teacher Thomas Open 01/08/20 - 03/11/20 Register