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Rhythm Menagerie is an exciting, reproducible PDF resource that features fun and intriguing activities to explore new rhythmic concepts. 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 Wingtipped 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 92 page PDF resource is designed to be a comprehensive approach to teaching and practicing rhythm and can be used alongside any method.  It is designed to be used in private lessons, but can easily be incorporated into group lessons as you will see in this video:

There are 8 units in Book 1 and each unit includes 11 pages of activities for the new rhythm concept.  Giving the student only 1 page each week will create excitement for completing the activity and anticipation for the next activity.  Each unit includes the following:

  • An introductory page explaining the new rhythm concept as well as 5 different ways to practice it on the first week it is introduced:
  • Single line rhythm pages in 3 different levels.  Here’s a sample of the Level 1 and 2 single line rhythms in Unit 1.
  • Two-handed rhythm pages in 3 different levels.  Here’s a sample of Level 2 and 3 two-handed rhythms in Unit 3.
  • Fun with sounds rhythm pages in 3 different levels.  Here’s a sample of Level 1 “Fun with Sounds” from Unit 6 and 2.
  • And a stunning certificate of completion for each unit.

The rhythmic concepts covered in Book 1 include:

  • Quarter and Half notes
  • Dotted half notes
  • Whole notes
  • Quarter rests and ties
  • Half rests and whole rests
  • Eighth notes
  • Eighth rests
  • Dotted quarter notes

To order Rhythm Menagerie, simply place it in your cart and checkout!  You can either use your Paypal Account or pay with a credit card if you have no account. A link to your product will appear when you return to the site after you have paid.  This link will also appear in the email receipt you will receive at the address with which you paid on Paypal. Simply download the PDF file and save it to your computer, then print as many pages as you need whenever you need them!  Go to the store and click on the Rhythm Menagerie cover to see even more samples.

Visit the tips page to see how students can help pay for your printing costs. 

Do you have other questions about using Rhythm Menagerie?  Visit the Rhythm Menagerie Tips page.

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*Music on the Rhythm Menagerie video is provided by IMMusic Inc. (IMMusic used to have free jingles but no longer does anymore) who also created the orchestrations for Wendy’s Returning to the Piano book.

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  1. Dorla Aparicio September 6, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    This looks like an awesome resource – I just HAVE to try it with my private lesson students!
    Thanks for great ideas!!!

  2. Wendy September 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    My pleasure, Dorla! I’m so glad you like it. Keep me posted on how you use it with your students!

  3. Stephen Hughes September 7, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    What a fantastic way to work on internalizing rhythms so that students can ‘read and react’ versus ‘stop and count’. I currently use the ‘Encyclopedia of Reading Rhythms’ as a supplementary resource for counting rhythms in a detailed manner – however, this looks like it would be a hit with my young ones. You keep on pushing the envelope Wendy – Bravo!!

  4. Elissa Milne September 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    This looks AMAZING! Hope to see lots of teachers making use of this gorgeous resource!!

  5. Susan paradis September 11, 2011 at 9:12 am


    This is a great resource and very attractive. You have produced something that will help every teacher!

    Susan P.

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  7. Lois Dicknoether September 12, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Awesome Wendy! A great resource for teachers
    and students alike.

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