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My First Rhythm Cup Explorations

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My First Rhythm Cup Explorations is perfect for young students for developing a steady beat and rhythm. It’s easier than Rhythm Cup Explorations 1 and 2 and much of it can even be taught by rote. Watch the video and read the description below to see why it’s such a success with preschool, kindergarten, and early grade students!

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My First Rhythm Cup Explorations® is the perfect introduction to rhythm and the Rhythm Cup Explorations® curriculum. We are thrilled to be able to bring this new Rhythm Cup Explorations digital book and music to you as you work with younger students!

With what ages does My First Rhythm Cup Explorations work?

This resource is specifically designed to appeal and work with older preschool, kindergarten, and early level grade school students. My First Rhythm Cup Explorations® was tested in preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade classes with overwhelming enthusiasm and excitement from the children!

What is covered in My First Rhythm Cup Explorations®?

My First Rhythm Cup Explorations® covers early level concepts like:

  • Steady beat
  • Quarter notes
  • Repeat signs
  • Quarter rests
  • Half rests

What is different in this book and Book 1?

My First Rhythm Cup ExplorationsIn addition to the introductory games that help establish a steady beat, My First Rhythm Cup Explorations differs from the other books in the following ways:

  1. Each page contains only one rhythm, taking out the distractions of other notes.
  2. Each page features larger rhythm notation.
  3. The accompaniment tracks are so fabulous and integral to the program that they are included.
  4. The accompaniment tracks feature a variety of styles.
  5. The accompaniment tracks are slower to meet the needs of younger students.
  6. Many of the rhythm patterns can be taught by rote so students don’t need to read the rhythms.
  7. For students reading rhythms, level 2 rhythms are included.
  8. Triple and Duple meter are included throughout the book.
  9. It’s just easier!

What are some unique features of My First Rhythm Cup Explorations®?

  • There is an activity at the beginning of the book (which uses included flashcards) to ease students into cup tapping and introduce steady beat in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 meter.
  • When introducing two signature Rhythm Cup Explorations techniques (passing and tapping your friend’s cup), we included 1 page devoted to just doing that over and over again so that students can focus and become proficient at this. The tracks for these pages are even slower than all the other tracks.
  • Large print pages when something new is being introduced. For example, when introducing the quarter note, there is 1 large quarter note in the middle of the page to help focus attention.
  • Scripted directions – For teachers who like to know “just what to say,” we have included things you can say at the top of every page of rhythm pattern.
  • Tips for success – On page 5, we include 4 rules to share with the kids to ensure that they keep their cup in the correct hand and keep it under control.

What’s special about the accompaniment tracks?

These are amazing! The musicians that worked with us to produce these nailed it in composing music that appeals to young students and including a variety of styles. The children with whom we tested this absolutely loved the tracks and once we had used the tracks always wanted to do it “with the music!”

In addition, we made the tracks slower so that younger student are more successful with these.

Track Samples:

Here are samples of the 3 different tempos:

And here are samples of a few different styles:

What is the difference between the International vs. North American edition?

The difference between the North American (uses terms like “quarter, half, whole”) and International edition (uses terms like “crotchet, minum, quaver”) simply has to do with what kind of rhythm terms you and your students use.

What is a studio license? Why is it so amazing?

My First Rhythm Cup Explorations comes with a studio license which means that you only have to purchase it one time but you can use it for ANY student you are directly teaching! You can make prints of any of the pages of the PDF or print the entire book for your students! There is not limit to the number of students for which you can do this  – they just have to be students that you directly teach. You cannot send them the digital file in any way (email, on disk, or in any way), but you can always have them purchase it if they want their own digital copy.

This is NOT a multi-teacher license. Any teacher wanting to teach Rhythm Cup Explorations must own their own license.

For the tracks, the studio license means that you may use the tracks in your studio but tracks may not be distributed. Students will need to purchase their own tracks to use at home. We will make these available soon.

What are some ways to use My First Rhythm Cup Explorations?

My First Rhythm Cup ExplorationsRhythm Cup Explorations can be used in many different ways.

  • Private lessons – It’s super easy to do with just 2 people.
  • Group lessons – Cup tapping is tons of fun in groups
  • Classrooms – We tested My First Rhythm Cup Explorations in classrooms of up to 17 students with great success!
  • Recitals – Rhythm Cup tapping looks beautiful and impressive at recitals
  • Bring-a-friend lesson – Rhythm Cup Bundle is a great way to advertise lessons. Just have a bring-a-friend week and you can teach your student by reading then rhythm and then that student can teach their friend by rote. The friend will go way thinking piano lessons are awesome!
  • Preschool and Kids Day Out programs – If you are the music director, there’s so much fun you can have here!

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8 reviews for My First Rhythm Cup Explorations

  1. Bonnie

    I started using this with my Preschool class today and they loved it!

  2. Michelle Strain

    I have been using My First Rhythm Cups in a Montessori school with ages 5-8. The students have absolutely LOVED My First Rhythm Cups. Even brand new beginners are able to “read” the quarter note rhythms with ease thanks in part to the “food” words and transitioned seamlessly into reading rhythm with no words. Kids have loved adding the “Bonk” and “freeze” options. The clear illustrations and large print is also helpful. I cannot recommend this resource more highly!

  3. Katie S

    I watched the live webinar, and was excited to get the My first Rhythm Cups because in my studio everyone works on rhythm cups during January-February and I always found those problems you mentioned with my littlest students who wanted to participate but the accompaniment tracks were too fast and there was too much on the page. I’d resorted to covering up everything on the page but one line and letting them try without the background tracks (but somehow it just wasn’t quite as fun). Thank you for filling the gap there and I cannot wait for January to try them out with my little guys.

    But, it doesn’t end there. I was revitalized by the webinar and decided to pull out my old cups materials with a teenage student who loves lessons but hasn’t been practicing. I’ve been struggling to come up every week with things to motivate her as we crawl along. But, she wants to get better at rhythm to help her with choir at school, so she was thrilled to do rhythm cups and even decided to make her Fall piano goal a rhythm goal to master a page of rhythms every week! Thank you. Lesson

    Then this morning, I introduced Rhythm menagerie to a kindergartner. The rhythm tracks were a hit, and a big motivator to practice this week so she can clap along with the “FAST” tracks next week at lessons. I think the Mom had the most fun out of the 3 of us just watching us!

    Forget about pupil savers, you’re creating teacher savers 🙂

  4. Beth Syverson

    I’m using your new First Rhythm Cups book for my college classes for students with intellectual disabilities. It’s just perfect for them. Thank you for creating it!  The new clear pages with just one line of music on it is much easier for them to deal with.

  5. Kate

    I’ve been using Rhythm Cups Explorations for a while, so I was looking forward to using My First Rhythm Cups when I bought it this summer. Overall I’m very pleased with it – nicely laid out, easy for small children to follow, they enjoy the words (thanks for the 2/4 Pumpkin sheet, much better than Bacon!) and the fun elements like ‘bonk’!

    At the moment I’m using it with 5 year olds, but I’ve been including an older sibling where possible (when they have lessons one after the other) so it’s often in pairs of 5 year old plus 8 year old – the older child gets some revision (and by the way seems to really enjoy First Rhythm Cups anyway!) and could help the younger one at home; and with me and the parent taking part too that gives us four people when it comes to tapping your neighbours cup! I’m plannng on asking the younger child to explain how it works to their parent!

    There are a few reasons it’s not 5 stars: each page is very short – best for 3 year olds, but disappointing for the 5 year olds I teach -there’s a pause each time while we re-start the music, and then it’s over in a flash – maybe a second optional page which repeats would be good?; 4 bar phrases would make more sense in my opinion (then 3 bars plus ‘bonk’); the food cards don’t seem to go down very well, they don’t make sense to the students (I’m in the UK, maybe that’s it?)

    All in all a great resource which I’m happy to ‘adapt’ slightly to fit my newbie 5 year olds 🙂

  6. Melissa Bethel

    I was able to use the My First Rhythm Cups with a preschool music class today. (We have a preschool at my church…and I used it with the oldest group: 4-5 year olds.)

    They had a lot of fun! Not only is it gonna help with their rhythm, but also knowing R & L! We did all of the watermelon pieces today. Planning to review those next week and venture on to — pineapples! 🙂

  7. Pamela Tehuiotoa

    I use My First Rhythm Cup Explorations with 1st and 2nd grades. They love it! My only issue is investing in solid plastic cups. My doubled-up disposables are doing OK, but I would love to have something that will last for a long, long time. The Watermelon Bonk! is a big hit. Haven’t gone past that yet, but will get into Pineapple next. Love this resource!

  8. Jennifer Parra

    I am using My First Rhythm Cup Explorations with my 3rd and 4th graders as a rhythm review and working together to make our sound seem as one player instead of popcorn popping. I did not print out the pictures that go with “Bonk”, just told the students that they are now a unicorn. Unicorns are a huge thing at my school right now. They love it.
    This is truly a resource that I will keep using, hopefully we can get to the book 1 soon.
    Thank you for creating this great resource.

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