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Holiday Rhythm Cup Explorations

The holiday edition of Rhythm Cup Explorations will be the highlight of this year’s group party, partner lessons, or music class! Another supplement to the fun, reproducible rhythm curriculum (Rhythm Menagerie, Rhythm Manipulations, and Rhythm Cup Explorations), Rhythm Cup Exploration Holiday Edition takes advantage of “the cup craze” to re-enforce rhythms you’ve been teaching all year! And the holiday edition adds new elements like music to play while students tap, reaching and cup tapping each other’s cups, tossing cups, and more!

Holiday Rhythm Cup Explorations includes 3 piano arrangements plus carefully composed cup tapping routines in 3 levels! This means that you can have different cup tapping routines for your elementary, one for your early intermediate and one for your late intermediate students!

But don’t take my word for it, watch the faces of the students in the video below! More details are below the video!

Buy the PDF book

$15.99 Holiday Rhythm Cup Explorations (Reproducible to use with your students)

Holiday Rhythm Cup Explorations piano tracks plus book!Buy the Holiday Book + Piano Tracks and Save!

If you want to practice cup tapping with your students or don’t have a reliable intermediate student to play the piano music flawlessly, you might want the Holiday Rhythm Cup Explorations Piano Tracks that go with each piece! You don’t even have to have a piano in the room to cup tap with these tracks!

$21.98   $20.98 PDF Book + Piano Tracks

Buy just the piano tracks

$5.99  – 12 mp3 tracks of piano music

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Details of Holiday Rhythm Cup Explorations:

  • Level: Elementary – Advancing
  • Contents: 3 pieces of intermediate holiday music (so it’s easy for you to sight read or have your advancing students prepare and play) plus 3 levels of rhythm cup arrangements to play during the piece!
  • Pages: 28 reproducible pages
  • Rhythm Concepts Covered: Level 1 (quarter, half), Level 2 (up through eighths), Level 3 (sixteenths)
  • Format: PDF instant download – After you click the link, it will go to your downloads folder!
  • Music Details: 2 secular (Deck the Hall, We Wish You a Merry Christmas) and 1 sacred piece (Joy to the World) to work with any mix of students!
  • Uses: Perfect for group lessons, holiday parties, holiday programs, classroom teachers, holiday recitals, and more!
  • International edition? There is no need for one as there is no mention of the names of notes like quarter or crotchet, etc.

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Here’s what teachers say about Holiday Rhythm Cup Explorations:

One of my students said about Holiday Rhythm Cups, “We should have more recitals if they are like that one!”Addictive and kids of all ages love it.
Piano Teacher
You’ve taken our favorite activity and made it even better!!! It’s the whipped cream and cherries on top of the best ice cream sundae! Way to go!!!
Keri Salustri, Piano teacher
My teenagers have already started asking about a party again this year.  We had great fun with the games and the cups!
Glenna O'Dell, NCTM
My students had a great time doing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” rhythm cups at our recital yesterday.  It was so much fun!!!
Phyllis Bowers, Piano Teacher
One of my students said about our recital with your Holiday Rhythm Cups, “I wasn’t really nervous. It felt more like I was having fun than playing at a recital!”
Anonymous Piano Teacher

How Can I Use Holiday Rhythm Cup Explorations?

Studio License – Holiday Rhythm Cup Explorations comes with a studio license, so you are permitted to print this item for use with students you directly teach for as long as you are teaching! This cannot be shared with or transferred other teachers, even within the same studio. See terms and conditions for full information.

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  1. Lidie Murff April 7, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I have just started looking at your three books Rhythm Cup Explorations, Rhythm Manipulations, and Rhythm Menagerie? They sound like a fun way to work on rhythms. Which book would you recommend to start my students working on first? Thanks so much.

  2. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens April 7, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Great question Lidie! Thanks so much for purchasing those three books, I think they will make a huge difference in your students rhythm.

    I always recommend starting with Rhythm Menagerie (you can start at the beginning or with whatever note value your students are learning in their books). The reason is that Menagerie is an extremely carefully graded curriculum and if you go through it systematically, your students’ rhythm is bound to get better! I would use Rhythm Cup Explorations a little less often or maybe as a reward for excellent Rhythm Menagerie work.

    Rhythm Manipulations picks up right where Menagerie left off, so if your students know and are great at all the Menagerie note values, then use Manipulations for the 2nd half of the core curriculum!

    If you are hosting a group lesson, then definitely use Rhythm Cup Explorations!

    I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.


  3. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens April 7, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Love, love, love this, Karri! I emailed you with a question…let me know what you think. 🙂

  4. […] We’ve used the first edition in private lessons, group lessons, and summer camps, and the holiday edition was a great treat this December. I can’t wait to use this as part of my Music Blast Camp this […]

  5. […] together. It would be even more fun to do the activity as a group. I can’t wait to try using the Holiday Rhythm Cup Explorations in a few […]

  6. Betsy October 7, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Are the 3 levels able to be used simultaneously for a group of students with mixed ability? Or must students be separated into levels for this to work most effectively?

  7. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens October 7, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Great question, Betsy! They were originally meant to do separately or you could even do 3 verses with each level doing their own routine. I haven’t tried them simultaneously, but if you get different sized cups for each level (to produce a different timbre), that might work!

    Actually, I KNOW they’ll have fun, the question is if you are doing it for a recital if it will be “too much” for the audience.

    Let me know if you try it!


  8. Kate October 18, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Wendy,
    Thanks so much for the Rhythm Cup Explorations – my students love them.
    I have just purchased the Holiday edition and had the idea of doing one song with a number of students as a little demonstration at our recital. It is a more informal event where I like to give parents and idea of what we have been doing, so I think it will work well.
    I am wondering if you have mp3s available of the 3 songs? I would rather be doing the cups with the students (in case of emergency!) instead of playing, so this would be a big help.

  9. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens October 19, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Hi Kate,

    We don’t have mp3s for Holiday Rhythm Cups, but that’s a great idea! Sorry we don’t at this time. 🙁


  10. Kate October 29, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks, Wendy – if you ever have time it would be a great idea! I will record myself for our recital, but my recording facilities are limited, so a professional recording would be a really helpful option!

  11. Cynthia November 17, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Am I correct that there are only 3 pieces of music in this book?

  12. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens November 17, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Hi Cynthia,

    There are 3 pieces of music, plus 3 levels of coordinated cup tapping rhythms for each of the 3 pieces. So, each of the 3 pieces can be performed in a total of 3 ways, giving a total of 9 different options. I hope that helps! Thanks for asking!

  13. Sondra Hopper November 25, 2015 at 6:03 pm


    I bought We Three Kings and I have a question. What do you mean where it says to have the audience “vibrate” their cups?


  14. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens November 26, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Sondra,

    Thanks so much for buying We Three Kings. The idea when they vibrate their cups is that they just tilt it back and forth fast on their lap and it provides a shuffling sort of sound. I think there is an example in the video.

    Hope that helps!

  15. Sarah November 30, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Wendy,
    I just purchased your Rhythm Cup Explorations in the Holiday version for my Christmas Group class coming up soon. I hope it’s ok that I don’t own any of your other Rhythm Cup books. This will be the first Rhythm Cup book I use with my students. My question, though, is how do you lay out the rhythm cup instructions for your students in the group class setting? Do you make multiple copies and have them loose or do you bind multiple copies of the whole book? Printing out the entire book can get costly and binding is costly as well so I’m trying to find the most cost effective way to use with my group classes that have 6-8 students. Thank you!

  16. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens December 1, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Great question, Sarah and thanks for your purchase!

    I would just copy the pages you intend to do with the students and I’d make 1 copy for every 2 students. Here is a post about ways to display these: https://composecreate.com/cup-news-issue-2/ You certainly don’t have to print the entire book, although if you have an MTNA membership, you can get it printed and bound for a very good price.

    Of course it’s okay that you purchased these before the Menagerie and Manipulations books. Those 2 books are the core rhythm training (and the cups books are just fun supplements), so when you are ready to do that, they’ll be there if you are interested!

    Thanks again!

  17. Sarah December 2, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you! That does help. 🙂 Looking forward to trying this next week with my students.

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