**ALERT** Due to rising Covid-19 cases in our area, our Winter in-person classes will be experience a delayed start. We will push the start of in-person classes to February. Semester length (and cost) has been reduced to 8 weeks and we will still end in mid-March as planned. Please join us online for Babies Only (birth to 8 mos), Mixed-age (birth to 5 yrs) or Rhythm Kids (ages 4 to 8) while you wait! **
Rhythm Kids is segmented into two programs, one for Pre-k aged children ages 4–5 - RK Level 1and the other for children inKindergarten, first, and second grades - RK Level 2
Both are designed to help children integrate and assimilate rhythm, and include:
Learning multicultural drumming patterns in unique animal-themed groupings
Developing new repertoire on various percussion instruments
Exploring movement and dance while singing songs
Playing games based on music and drumming
Our Instruments - Although we typically use djembe drums in our classes, Rhythm Kids is way more than just a drumming class as our main focus is to develop rhythm using the voice, the body and then translating this honed musicality to the djembe (or other drum). Classes include singing, movement, rhythm activities, games, improvisation, and drumming patterns. Children learn and experience the drum patterns in chant form first and then transfer that learning into drumming and movement and culturally specific dances.
The Music & Curriculum - Rhythm Kids is a three-year curriculum and the rhythm patterns taught in our classes are adapted from cultures all around the world including; Ghana, Puerto Rico, Morocco, Mali, Guinea, Columbia, Senegal, Nigeria and many others. Singing along to the music is easy as it is pitched just right for children's voices. The music arrangements are fun, sophisticated, and both children and grownups enjoy listening and practicing at home. 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!