Rhythm Menagerie - a reproducible rhythm training program featuring one handed, two handed, and other interesting rhythm activities | composecreate.com

International Edition Available (see below)

Classroom Edition Available (see below)

Rhythm Menagerie

Rhythm Menagerie is the first book in an exciting, reproducible PDF series that features fun and intriguing activities to explore new rhythmic concepts rather than boring rhythm worksheets. Rhythm Menagerie is much more than just a set of your typical clapping exercises! Each unit showcases a unique animal and often incorporates some of the fun antics of that animal in the student’s activities. Students will learn about the crazy looking Tarsier, the beautiful Wing-tipped Nightjar, the Jerboa Jumping Mouse, the Javan Flying Frog and much more!

Rhythm Menagerie is designed to take away distractions like note reading so that students can focus on learning new rhythms. This 96 page PDF resource is a comprehensive approach to teaching and practicing rhythm and can be used alongside any method and in both private lessons, groups, and in the classroom! The reproducible rhythm worksheets are designed to be musical rhythms that are fun and have a groove rather than just random exercises. Each unit contains:

  • 1 introductory page explaining and experimenting with the concept
  • 3 one line rhythm pages (progressing carefully in order of difficulty)
  • 3 two-handed rhythm pages (helping with coordination)
  • 3 “Fun with Sounds” pages
  • 1 amazingly beautiful certificate of completion!

$34.99 Rhythm Menagerie – reproducible to use with your students
$69.99 $64.98  Rhythm Menagerie (RM1) AND Rhythm Manipulations (RM2)

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Details of Rhythm Menagerie:

  • Level: Early elementary to early intermediate
  • Format: 96 reproducible pages which comes as a PDF
  • Concepts covered: quarter, half, whole, dotted half, quarter and half rests, eighths, eighth rests and dotted quarters
  • Each unit contains: 1 introductory page, 3 levels of one line rhythms, 3 levels of 2-hand rhythms, and 3 fun with sounds pages. 8 units in all!
  • Format: Instant PDF download


More Videos of Rhythm Menagerie from Piano Teachers:

Students of Jill in rural Mexico:

Students of Diane Hidy, popular composer and piano teaching blogger:

Here are teachers say about Rhythm Menagerie:

I love these! Each set meets a need for fun and rhythm. Seriously. They’re great.
Diane Hidy, Kjos Composer; Popular Blogger
This is really a huge learning tool and lots of fun! EVERY elementary school should have this as a precursor to their band programs.
Sheree Naquin, Music Teacher
I have had so much success with the Rhythm Menagerie. It is hard to believe how eager they are to count out loud, tap, clap etc. It has been fabulous.
Theodora Carr, Piano Teacher
Thank you so much for your years of work on “Rhythm Menagerie” and “Rhythm Manipulations”.  They have greatly enhanced my studio.  The students are really enjoying them.  Your creativity is amazing!
Janette Rupert, Piano Teacher
My students are having SUCH fun with Rhythm Menagerie!
Leia Sharma
The book is so well designed in so many ways.  I used it with students as soon as I downloaded and they are having a lot of fun.  Especially high fiving and counting during one of the lessons. That brought a lot of laughs….
Susan Hong, Popular Piano Teaching Blogger

How can I use Rhythm Menagerie?

Rhythm Menagerie comes with a studio license, so when you purchase Rhythm Menagerie, you are permitted to print it for use with students you directly teach for as long as you are teaching! This license cannot be shared with or transferred other teachers, even within the same studio. See terms and conditions for full information.

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Should I purchase the International Edition of Rhythm Manipulations?

If you are a teacher who uses terms like crotchet, minim, breve, quaver, etc. instead of quarter, half note, whole note, or eighth, then the Rhythm Menagerie International Edition is what you should purchase!

Here are a few pages for you to see the difference (note the names of the note values in the title):

Rhythm Menagerie International Edition

Rhythm Menagerie International Edition

Should I purchase the Classroom or Piano Edition of Rhythm Manipulations?

Rhythm Menagerie Classroom Edition works great in large group settings like the classroom and group lessons because the activities on each introductory page can be completed on any instrument or with the voice. The introductory pages of each unit are the only way that the classroom edition differs from the piano edition. The piano edition’s introductory pages have instructions specific to the piano and the classroom’s instructions can be used on any instrument (including voice, brass, strings, and piano). See the sample to the right.

What edition should I get if I teach piano in large groups AND piano lessons?

I would suggest the classroom edition. You will probably never know what you are missing in the piano edition as the introductory pages’ instructions in the classroom edition can be completed on any instrument.

Can I display this on my promethean board?

Yes. You can display it as you would any PDF. The beauty of receiving this as a PDF is that you can show any page on an iPad, computer, or other devices in high digital quality.

Samples of the Introductory pages:

Classroom Rhythm Menagerie - a reproducible rhythm curriculum that can be used with any instrument including the voice. Unique rhythm worksheets.

Rhythm Menagerie Classroom Edition

Book 2:

Rhythm Manipulations - the 2nd book in the reproducible rhythm series by Wendy Stevens from composecreate.com

Supplemental Books:

Rhythm Cup Explorations 1 Rhythm Cup Explorations 2 Holiday Rhythm Cup Explorations by Wendy Stevens