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!
My First Rhythm Cup Explorations
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?
In 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:
- Each page contains only one rhythm, taking out the distractions of other notes.
- Each page features larger rhythm notation.
- The accompaniment tracks are so fabulous and integral to the program that they are included.
- The accompaniment tracks feature a variety of styles.
- The accompaniment tracks are slower to meet the needs of younger students.
- Many of the rhythm patterns can be taught by rote so students don’t need to read the rhythms.
- For students reading rhythms, level 2 rhythms are included.
- Triple and Duple meter are included throughout the book.
- 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.
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?
Rhythm 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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