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Rhythm Cup Explorations 1 - Students are loving this and many of the other rhythm books on composecreate.com!

International Edition available (see below)

Rhythm Cup Explorations 1

Rhythm Cup Explorations is taking the music and piano teaching world by storm! Take advantage of “the cup craze” and re-enforce the rhythms you are teaching with Rhythm Menagerie and Rhythm Manipulations with Rhythm Cup Explorations. Yes, even though the cups craze (see here and here) may have died down, students are so excited about learning brand new rhythm sequences, fun cup techniques, and special challenges.

Rhythm Cup Explorations is reproducible to use with any students you directly teach! It is an energetic book and you must watch the video below and read the reviews to really understand how kids love it and why it’s making such a big difference for teachers all over the world!

$12.99 Rhythm Cup Explorations 1

Edition :

Don’t Forget the Beats!

$6.99 Accompaniment beats at 3 different tempos per page. Kids love these!

Bundle and Save $5!

Rhythm Cup Explorations$39.96 $45.96  North American BUNDLE ofRCE 1 + RCE2 + Beats for both books

$39.96 $45.96  International BUNDLE of RCE 1 + RCE1 Beats + RCE 2

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Details of Rhythm Cup Explorations:

  • Level: Elementary – Advanced (there is something for all levels here)
  • Pages: 16 reproducible pages (you only need to buy it once!)
  • Rhythm Concepts Covered: Quarters and halves (easy), eighth notes, triplets, and sixteenth notes
  • Format: PDF instant download – After you click the link in the email that comes to you, it will go to your downloads folder!
  • Benefits: Makes rhythm practice fun, perfect for a “bring-a-friend” lesson, new neural pathways form in brain when practicing rhythm in new ways, rhythm skills will improve…and much more!
  • Extras: Purchase the mp3 beats for only $5.99! Three tempos for every page!

More Sample Videos:

Here are teachers say about Rhythm Cup Explorations:

Addictive and kids of all ages love it!
Iris Westcott, Independent Teacher
Wish I had tried this a loooong time ago…..my students understand and internalize the beats immediately!!
Priscilla Moffett, Independent Teacher
So many smiles and lots of laughter today!! The kids love these, Wendy!
Keri Salustri, Piano teacher
I tried this today and it went over BIG! Thanks Wendy!
Julie Allen
I found out that my students are talking about this while they are at school…how cool is that.
Susan Gravel
I LOVE the Rhythm Cups! I have used it 5 times since yesterday afternoon. Brilliant !
Kristy McLaren, Piano Teacher
I used the Rhythm Cup explorations game with groups this week; my students loved it – even the older high school students!
Mary Jane Cope, Piano Teacher
My students had a LOT more fun doing those than the regular rhythm book I’ve used for years! My students are loving the Rhythm Cups! 🙂
Kimberly Baker, Piano Teacher
My students loved it! …Definitely will be worth my money, and I appreciate how affordable it is. This is such a fun way to teach rhythm reading!
Jessica Barefoot, Piano Teacher
My 6th graders love rhythm cups!
Cheryl Weber, Classroom Music Teacher
Worth every penny!!!!
Phyllis Horridge, Classroom Music Teacher

How can I use Rhythm Cup Explorations?

Rhythm Cup Explorations comes with a studio license, so when you purchase Rhythm Cup Explorations, 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. Additional teachers wishing to use Rhythm Cup Explorations need to purchase another licensed product. See terms and conditions for full information.

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What is the different between the International and North American edition?

If you use rhythm terms like quarter, half, whole, eighth, etc., you will want to purchase the North American version.

If you use rhythm terms like crotchet, minim, quaver, etc., you will want to purchase the International version. This is the only difference (besides the use of the word “bar” for “measure) between the North American and International Edition.

International Edition Samples:

The only difference is the title and rhythm terms used in the instructions.

International Rhythm Cup Explorations

International Rhythm Cup Explorations

Book 2:

Rhythm Cup Explorations 2 - the second book in the Rhythm Cup Explorations series

Holiday Edition:

Holiday Rhythm Cup Explorations by Wendy Stevens

Core Curriculum:

Rhythm Menagerie - the core curriculum where Rhythm Cup Explorations is the supplement Rhythm Manipulations - the 2nd book in the core reproducible Rhythm Explorations Series by Wendy Stevens from composecreate.com


  1. Marsha April 2, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Hello Wendy,

    I just purchased your Rhythm Cup Explorations; I know my students will love it! I’m wondering what you do on the rests? I couldn’t tell from the video or the instructions. Do hold it mid-air? Or keep it on the table? Thank you!

  2. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens April 3, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Hi Marsha,

    Great question! I usually bounce the cup a little mid-air to indicate the beat for the quarter rests. The rare eighth rests that occur should be pretty clear. Just remove your hand from the cup, or don’t tap it, etc. Thanks!

  3. […] of Wendy Steven’s Compose Create March Music Madness: it was a sample version of her new Rhythm Cup Explorations game. It was the perfect activity, and I just so happened to have a stack of red solo cups left […]

  4. Eva April 6, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    What’s the difference between the international version and the normal one?

  5. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens April 6, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Eva,

    Great question! The international version uses the terms crotchets, minims, quavers, etc. The U.S. version uses the names quarter, half, eighth, etc. Let me know if you have other questions!


  6. martha April 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Love your Rhythm Cup Exploration games. I do not have access to a computer when doing the games with the student/s. Your suggestions.?
    Thank you,

    You have soooooooooo many awesome products, it’s hard to choose. In a perfect world, I’d get them all…

  7. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens April 6, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Hi Martha,

    No problem! That’s why you can print it or send it to a printer’s and have a book made to take with you. I’m glad you like all the products! Let me know if you have any other questions!


  8. Ralph Humphrey April 9, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I teach rhythm in the classroom and privately. I believe it is a huge advantage to teach rhythm right at the beginning level.
    It seems that your cup system requires the student to have some reading ability and to understand note values. Does the system teach this or is it a prerequisite?
    I would think that the understanding of rhythm could be, at least in the beginning, strictly aural and the learning to read what one hears follows.
    Your feedback is appreciated.

  9. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens April 10, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Hi Ralph,
    That’s a great question! The core rhythm teaching comes from the reproducible Rhythm Menagerie curriculum, so yes, Rhythm Cup Explorations assumes that the student has had this instruction first. https://composecreate.com/store/rhythm-menagerie/

    Of course, you can teach it aurally and there are advantages to this as well! It’s very flexible.

  10. […] you jumped on the Rhythm Cup Explorations train a couple of weeks ago, your entire studio is probably having a great time practicing the […]

  11. Mary Lou April 21, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I like to do these kinds of activities with multiple students (and their parents 🙂 ) but I’m finding it hard to have everyone see the rhythm. I made 2 copies and put one facing up and one down, so each side of the table has it going the right direction and I take the end. But this isn’t ideal – they keep looking at the wrong one. Any other suggestions?

  12. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens April 21, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Mary Lou,

    if you could take a picture (or draw) a sketch) of how you have each person and the music situated, that might help me answer better. But here are a few thoughts:
    1. Display it on your computer/laptop screen and minimize the window such that only the rhythm that you are doing is showing.
    2. Put it on a music stand so that they are looking up instead of down.
    3. Practice it lots slowly before you do all the passing so that it’s firmly learned and then they only have to look at the rhythm for reference.
    4. Cover up the rhythms that you are not doing on the page.

    Does that help?

  13. […] be “visiting” this year. (There are 5 available). I will also be using Wendy Stevens, Rhythm Cup Explorations during camp! So excited to use both of these resources […]

  14. […] time a student finishes an entire unit of Rhythm Cup Explorations, they get to add their signature to the corresponding “Cup Club.” I’m planning to […]

  15. Priscilla May 22, 2014 at 9:47 am

    My students had a great time doing these at out last class. They are physical enough for the boys to enjoy!

  16. Mary May 23, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Wendy, I printed off a copy before I realized I have the international version. I’d probably like the American version a little better. How do I download that version instead of the international one?

  17. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens May 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Hi Mary! No problem. I’m going to email you a personalized link to the American version. Thanks for asking! Happy to help,


  18. Eyvonne May 30, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    This may sound like a silly question…. Where do you get the cups? or so I have to purchase 4 packs of cups in the same colors & ounces displayed on the sample?

  19. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens May 31, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Hi Eyvonne,

    Oh you definitely don’t have to get the same color of cups that are in each unit! You don’t even have to buy plastic cups. Just get whatever cups you have in your cupboards and use those! If you do want to buy some, they are usually available at grocery stores or Walmart/Target, and party stores. The plastic cups are much safer if you have a special table that you don’t want any little marks on, but you can also do this on the floor if you are worried about that.

    Let me know if you have other questions!

  20. Andrea June 3, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I tried a few pages at group lessons in May–smiles all around! All ages loved it!

  21. Glory St. Germain June 6, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    LOVE your ideas Wendy! You are soooo creative. Congratulations!

  22. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens June 7, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Thanks Glory!

  23. […] rhythm themed games and then we saved the best for last and played with Wendy Steven’s, Rhythm Cup Explorations. (Review post coming soon) We did the cup rhythms to patriotic music like Stars and Stripes […]

  24. Dana Rice June 16, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Wendy! I used your Rhythm Cup Explorations with my summer campers today and it was a major hit! This was the BEST summer camp resource I have ever used. It kept the students engaged for the entire class time. Kids begged not to leave because they wanted to keep trying to get to the next level. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  25. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens June 16, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    That’s fabulous Dana! Thank you so much for telling me that and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it. Have fun!!!!

  26. Michela July 3, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Hi Wendy!
    Can you tell where can I buy colored cups? I live in Italy and here I didn’t find these cups! Do you know a site?
    Your materials are very interesting! I want to use for my summer music camp! 🙂
    thank you very much!

  27. Michela July 3, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Sorry Wendy! Another question 🙂
    Is possible to buy your materials only with paypal not with credit card?


  28. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens July 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Michela!
    Oh you don’t need the specific colors. Any plastic cup will do!

  29. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens July 3, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Hi! No problem. I’m happy to answer questions. You can use a Paypal account if you have funds in it or want to pay with an echeck. An echeck takes about 5 days to clear though, so you’ll experience a delay in getting your product. But, if you have funds in your paypal account, you can just use those instead of a credit card.

    Or, you can use Paypal to use your credit card. Let me know if you have other questions!

    And greetings from the U.S.! I love knowing someone in Italy!

  30. Claire July 19, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Please can you let me know which is the beginners book for using with rhythmn cups I want to use it at group lesson in the summer – in England . I haven’t got any cups and I need a PDF I think but in English terms eg minims crotchets quavers . I need advice! Thanks

  31. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens July 22, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Hi Claire, I think I answered your question on FB, but for the record, I think you’ll want the international version of Rhythm Menagerie for the core curriculum.

    Then, you can order the international rhythm cups (there are beginning and advanced activities in that book–it’s a supplement to the core Menagerie book). Hope that helps!

  32. Cristina August 15, 2014 at 8:43 am

    This program looks awesome! I am a piano teacher looking to use this program for a home school group of children in grades 3-5. Would you recommend beginning with the Cups program, or the Menagerie program?
    Thank you,

  33. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens August 15, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Hi Cristina!

    That’s a great question! It’s important understand though that Menagerie is the “meat” of the program…a comprehensive curriculum, whereas Rhythm Cup Explorations is like dessert…you can use it with anyone and they’ll think it tastes great, but the effects won’t necessarily last as long.

    So, if you just want some really fun activities for this class that might help them with rhythm, then you can use Rhythm Cup Explorations. But, if you are wanting the effects to last longer, then I’d look at purchasing both. Rhythm Menagerie and Rhythm Manipulations is the core curriculum, whereas Rhythm Cup Explorations is just a supplement. Rhythm Menagerie (the first book) is a comprehensive program that helps them with rhythm, coordination, building new neural pathways in their brain that strengthens their rhythm, and it does it in a systematic, carefully graded way.

    Does that help?


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  35. Gale Davidson August 27, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Hi, I purchased ( I thought) the nice spiral bound rhythm cup explorations feature on the website and on u tube and all I got was a printable15 pages long. Although the activities look great, where is my sturdy spiral bound book? Did I order the wrong thing? Please respond. Thanks


  36. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens August 27, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Hi Gale,

    All the rhythm books come as PDF digital downloads. Each item that comes this way says PDF download next to it in the store. So, you didn’t order the wrong thing, that’s just the only way it comes. We do this to make printing easy and to make it be able to be done at high quality. Thanks again for your order Gale!


  37. kari fietek August 30, 2014 at 11:45 am

    When I printed the pages the notation did not print. Only the text printed. Do you know what went wrong? Thank you.

  38. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens September 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Kari,

    Yes, it sounds like you are on a Mac! All you need to do is make sure that it opens in Adobe Reader and not in your “Preview” program which is what Mac defaults to. You can see instructions about how to fix this or do this here: https://composecreate.com/store/faqs-and-troubleshooting/

  39. […] Stevens’ Rhythm Cups Explorations:  We love playing the rhythms from Wendy Stevens Rhythm Cups Explorations with songs from […]

  40. Anthony Beatrice October 12, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I was intrigued when I saw this on a music Facebook group and decided to purchase. I ended up trying it with our middle school band on Thursday and it was amazing. I gave each student a cup and projected the book on the dry erase board. From there I explained how I wanted the students count the rhythms and had them come up and write the counting a in marker above the notes. Then we all executed the cup activity while counting out loud. We did not pass the cups as there was no room. After a while we got our instruments out, clapped and counted the music out loud then played in on a concert Bb. End result-kids learn rhythm better when they can move a physical object such as a cup in a group setting! It was awesome! I plan on doing something similar with my high school band!

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  42. Gail December 6, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Do you have an actual book for the Rhythm Cup Explorations or it is the downloadable version only? I wanted to get it for my daughter for Christmas but was hoping for an actual book.

  43. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens December 7, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Gail,

    Thanks so much for your interest in this book for your daughter! It only comes as a PDF. Let me know if you have any other questions!


  44. Gail December 19, 2014 at 9:17 am

    If I were to order the program and the link was sent to my email, would I be able to forward it to someone else for use on their home computer. I want to give it as a gift and don’t want them to have it ahead of the big day.

  45. Elaine January 14, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I love all the cup songs. When I ordered, I just ordered the books but I would love to have the MP3 files as well. Will they download onto my iPad? Do I need a special program for that.
    Thank you for ALL the awesome music!

  46. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens January 14, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Hi Elaine,

    Great question! Yes, you can put them on your iPad. There are a few different ways of doing this. You can read them over on the FAQs page here: https://composecreate.com/store/faqs-and-troubleshooting/ Basically you can unzip them from your computer and drag them to iTunes and then sync with your iPad or you can unzip them on your iPad with an unzipping app…if you do it that way, iTunes can’t see them, so you just have to play them from that app on your iPad. Apple only wants people to sell mp3s from their site, so they make it a little tricky.

  47. […] Rhythm Ensemble – (5-7 min) this part of the lesson is a flexible time that may include drumming, dancing, movement stories or playing the piano out loud as an orchestra. For this first lesson I would recommend a fun activity such as Rhythm Cup Explorations. […]

  48. Janice Wilkans, NCTM April 13, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Are there step by step instructions when I get the books?

  49. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens April 13, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Hi Janice,

    There are detailed instructions included in the 2nd book coming out on April 15th. The first book doesn’t have as detailed instructions, but it does contain instructions, and I haven’t had anyone yet say that they can’t figure it out. You get the hang of it once your mind gets used to the symbols which are consistent throughout the book. It’s speed that seems intimidating in the videos. So, just take it slow and you’ll get it.

  50. Sharon May 13, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Is the rhythm cups good for ages K-3? I gather it only comes as an app., not a spiral book as the pic indicates.I have a personal computer not a Mac, so I should be able to get it ok? And it can be used on a ipad if I get one?

  51. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens May 13, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Hi Sharon,

    Yes, you can use this with kids K-3. You’ll have to work slowly with the youngest ones, but they can do it! Keep in mind that Book 1 contains an easy unit (quarters) and advances from there (eighths are the next unit, triplets, then sixteenths). So, there is something in each book for every level. Book 2 also has a unit with mainly quarters and halves, but in triple time and then advances from there.

    This comes as a PDF. So when you order, you’ll click the link and it will download to your downloads folder on your computer. If you get an iPad, you can just email it to yourself and then you can save it to your iBooks or other places to hold PDFs when you get you iPad.

    I hope that helps!

  52. Jessie May 20, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Have you considered translating your products into other languages? I work in France and I know that they would love to have your materials in the classroom.

  53. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens May 20, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Hi Jessie!

    Email me! I’m definitely interested, but I just have to be sure there is a definite market and a way to get the word out to that market, so I’d be interested in what you have to say about that!



  54. […] summer, I started using a new rhythm activity with students: Wendy Steven’s Rhythm Cup Explorations. I purchased and downloaded both the pdf and accompaniment tracks for Book 1. The pdf is […]

  55. […] access to accompaniment beats for Wendy Steven’s Rhythm Cup Explorations, backing tracks to Bradley Sowash’s new book Creative Chords or Daniel […]

  56. Kathleen Hayes July 13, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Hello Wendy,
    I purchased the bundled pack of Books 1 and 2 Rhythm Cup Explorations with Book 1 Beats. The links to download RCE 1 and 2 downloaded perfectly but I was unable to download Beats 1. I tried everything but could not get the link to open. Can you please e- mail Book 1 Beats as a pdf file rather than the link? I would greatly appreciate it.
    Warm Regards,
    Kathleen Hayes

  57. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens July 19, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Hi Kathleen,

    I sent you a private email a few days ago in response to your inquiry. Let me know if you didn’t get it! Or better yet, send me an email so that I can reply to it and get you what you need. Thanks so much!


  58. Jenna July 22, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Hi Wendy; I’m curious about Rhythm Cup Explorations vs. Rhythm Menagerie. Is it necessary for me to buy the latter? Would that be a good starting place for beginner students BEFORE introducing them to the cups? Thank you!

  59. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens July 22, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Hi Jenna,

    Happy to help!

    Menagerie and Manipulations are the very carefully graded, and thoroughly curriculum that is the core of rhythm training. Rhythm Cup Explorations is just a supplement and it jumps around (not within the units, but there are easy units and more advanced units all in the same book). So if you are just looking for a summer camp or fun activities for a group lesson, you can safely go with the cups book. However if you are attempting to categorically improve your student’s rhythm in a long-term way, sustainable way, I’d start with Rhythm Menagerie and progress through that and then offer the Rhythm Cup Explorations pages either as rewards or high points in their rhythm training.

    Does that help? Do let me know if you have further questions!

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  61. Kim August 17, 2015 at 11:01 am

    i am interested in using this program for my grade 7 music class this year. Where do you get the cups or do you just use ones you can buy at the grocery/dollar store?

  62. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens August 17, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Kim,

    Thanks for your interest! Your class will love it, I am sure. You can purchase the cups practically anywhere…grocery store, Target, party store. The 16 oz Solo cups seem to be pretty durable and work well. Let me know if you have other questions!

  63. Carolyn August 19, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Hi Wendy,
    I purchased Rh Cups 1 along with the beats. I’m very excited to bring this to my music school, but just trying to imagine the best way to implement this. As in, offer this as a short term class? and if so, how many students per class, what ages to mix, etc…

    Have you used this as it’s own class? What have you or other teachers done?

    thank you

  64. Beth August 19, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I am interested in your incorporating your Rhythm Cups Explorations in my teaching this year! I teach 30 – 40 students and have been teaching for 25+ years and think this looks like a fabulous and fun addition to my teaching studio. My question is how you get it made into a usable book idea ….I love the look of the spiral bound edition on your page. Do you laminate the pages or take it somehow to get made into a more permanent format. Thank you for any help you can give before I place my order!!

  65. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens August 19, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Hi Beth,

    Thanks for your interest! Yes, you can just send it to a local printer, even Office Max or Office Depot and they can print it and bind it for you. I’d have them do one-sided printing on at least 24# paper. Then, they can do the cover on card stock and put a nice clear front and a backing on the back.

    Does that answer your question? Let me know if you have more!

  66. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens August 19, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Hi Carolyn,

    I think having a short term class is a great idea, though I think most music teachers are implementing it as a more regular part of their routine. The great thing is that any number of students works well. They feel so great and empowered when they can all do it well together that the peer pressure to do well is very encouraging. As far as ages, I think you can mix all kinds of ages together, but I’d be careful about mixing teens with grade school children. I think some good ages are 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18. But really, it’s such a fun activity that sometimes it works well with even very different ages. You probably have to make the decision based more on the personalities of your students.

    I hope that helps!


  67. Jennifer Redfearn August 26, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I am getting ready to purchase your bundle pack. Is the beats 1 book different then the accompaniment beats? Or are those the same thing?

  68. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens August 26, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Jennifer,

    Thanks for your interest! There is only one set of accompaniment beats so far, so yes, beats 1 is the same as the accompaniment beats. It’s called beats 1 because they are the beats that go with the first book.

    Let me know if you have any other questions!


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  70. Stephanie September 22, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    I just realized I bought the international books instead of the north America edition. Is there anything I can do? I ordered about 30 minutes ago…

  71. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens September 23, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Yes certainly, Stephanie! Email me and be sure to send me the email address you used to order and I’ll track the order and exchange it for you!

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  75. MH Roche November 21, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    They say there’s no such thing as a stupid question. Please keep that in mind. I have an old digital piano (floppy discs) and a Superscope cd recorder/player, a Jawbone Bluetooth speaker, an Ipad and computer. What do I need to buy? I didn’t see the package listed. How much is it and what is the price. Would appreciate hearing from you soon. Inherited some students who are resisting learning counting. Learning to count for fun has to be a lot better than learning because it’s necessary. Have used cups with students before and know it works. Would love to have a program where someone else has done all the work, but not sure about the investment.
    Thanks! MH Roche

  76. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens November 26, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Martha,

    I’m not sure what all you can do with those tools. Rhythm Cup Explorations just takes a computer or an iPad (so that you can print or view the PDF). If you purchase the beats, then you’ll need a computer or itunes or something to play the mp3s. That’s it!

    Rhythm Menagerie is actually the meat and potatoes curriculum for teaching rhythm. It just comes as a PDF, so you just need a computer or PDF to see it and print it. Then, the kids use their bodies to work on rhythm, so nothing extra is needed. https://composecreate.com/store/rhythm-menagerie/

    You are right that there are no stupid questions…except the one that is not asked! 🙂

    Hope that helps!

  77. Jenny January 19, 2016 at 1:54 am

    Sorry if I’m repeating a question someone already asked… I couldn’t see it as I skimmed here. What is the difference between the North American and International versions?

  78. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens January 19, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Hi Jenny,

    There are more details about the international edition under in the tabs section at the bottom, but basically it’s just about how notes are named. If you use terms like crotchet, minum and quaver, you need the international edition. If you use quarter, half, and eighth note, then you need the North American Edition. Let me know if you have other questions!

  79. […] If teaching a multi-age group lesson, the soloist could be an older or advanced student. 3. Rhythm Cup Explorations – This is one of my favorite activities for students. There are many different levels […]

  80. Melinda February 23, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Wendy! I am very excited about all you have to offer. I am going to try hosting weekly “Piano (& more!) Parties” this summer to supplement the leaner months of piano/flute teaching. And I am DEFINITELY going to purchase this Cups Exploration to use a for a couple of those parties. My question is how critical do you believe it to be to print these out in color ink. I’m also curious about your opinion of the Rhythm Menagerie book and how critical the color is when printing it out as a hard copy (since I am also working it into my budget to purchase that curriculum as well). With the piano parties, I want to make them super affordable and they will be “open studio” parties to offer some amazing, fun music instruction to kids who may not take piano regularly or even just from another teacher. To give you an example, I’ve been pricing out the cost of having an office supply store do all the printing. To print the entire Rhythm Menagerie book (96 pages) in black and white would cost around $8.50 before binding and a cover. To print it in color at the same place it would cost $35.50 also before binding and a cover. So you can see why I’m contemplating just using black and white! (I would, of course, print the certificates in color!) And while I’m here…do you build in the cost of printing these books to give your students with their “book fee” or do you charge more for printing it if it exceeds the “book fee” they pay at the beginning of the year? Thank you so much for all your expertise and making things accessible to teachers everywhere!

  81. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens February 24, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Hi Melinda,

    Great questions! I think you can easily NOT print Rhythm Cup Explorations in color. And I think your order to print Rhythm Menagerie in black and white and only the certificates in color is a fabulous idea…it’s just what I recommend to teachers on a tight budget.

    Also, if you are an MTNA member, you can get significant discounts at Office Max/Office Depot with your MTNA discount card, just in case that applies to you.

    In addition, remember that they don’t need an entire book each year. I typically only print the unit that they need at a time and then I use the zippable and unzippable binders that I talk about here: https://composecreate.com/preserve-printed-music/

    You are going to have some great piano parties with these books! Keep me posted on how they go!


    Wendy Stevens

  82. […] students LOVE the Rhythm Cup Explorations game by Wendy Stevens.  One of my students with special needs is learning the first few pages of […]

  83. TRACY February 26, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Do the accompany beats only go with the Cup Explorations book 1? Is there anything to go with book 2?

  84. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens February 27, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Hi Tracy,

    So far, we only have accompaniment beats for book 1, but book 2 accompaniment beats are on the production list for 2016. Stay tuned!


  85. Daniel April 8, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Hi Wendy,
    These programs look great and I am very much interested in purchasing the Rhythm Menagerie and Cup Exploration packages for my school. I do have a couple of questions though.
    The main one is around age suitability. I teach 4 year olds up to 12 year olds but I was hoping to focus the cups on the 8-10 year olds and the Menagerie on the younger ones. I just was curious to know how suitable the products would be for those ages.

    I was also wondering (and it may say in the packages themselves) how long do you spend (in terms on average time in a daily class) on teaching/practicing these techniques. I only see each class once a week for an hour so I am not sure if I should try spending a majority of the time (or at least half) on these so that it sticks, or doing a little less but longer term.
    Thanks again!

  86. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens April 8, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Hi Daniel,

    Thank you for your interest in the Rhythm Menagerie and Rhythm Cup Explorations series! It’s being used in hundreds of music classrooms these days and I definitely think it will work for your age groups.

    The Rhythm Cup Explorations books will be perfect for ages 8-12. Honestly, it’s been amazing to me that it works for students even in Jr. High, High school, and even adults. But yes, 8-12 is a great place to start with Rhythm Cup Explorations.

    Yes, Rhythm Menagerie actually moves more slowly through the concepts, so since there are 9 pages for each unit, you can be sure that there is a lot of material to use with your young students. I do think you can use it for 4 years olds (though that is slightly younger than I originally planned it for), but I’d only do maybe 1 line or 2 lines at the most a lesson. The idea is mastery and as I’m sure you know, these students will need to abide with a concept longer to get it in their body. You can vary what you do with the 1 rhythm a class session…clap it, play it with rhythm instruments, tap it on the floor as a drum, knock on the wall, etc. You can spend as little as 5-15 minutes on each line and then as they are ready, challenge them to play it faster, or with an accompaniment beat.

    Does that help? Please let me know if I didn’t answer your question or if you have more. I’m happy to help answer them for you!

    Thank you again for your interest in this popular product!

  87. Lisa June 7, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Wendy!

    Your book looks great, I haven´t ordered it yet but soon I will! I have one question. I`m m very curious about these cupsongs an cupgames, and I would like to know what is it´s origin and where they came from. I mean that do you know if cupsong have been practiced in some cultures or tribes?

    Thank you!

  88. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens June 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Hi Lisa,

    What a great question! I’m quite sure that tapping on any objects like cups rhythmically has been going on for years, but I know that Anna Kendrick made modern cup tapping famous with her “cups song.” It would be wonderful to know more cultures who do this more organically, but I have to admit that I don’t have any knowledge of any. It’s a great question and I hope someone at some point can find out out!

    Let me know if you have any other questions! I loved this one!


  89. Deanna Williams July 18, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    I purchased the Rhythm Cup Explorations and the Holiday edition but have not received the download link. Could you help me with this?

  90. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens July 19, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Hi Deanna!

    I saw your comment on the ComposeCreate blog and wanted to respond personally via email. I can’t seem to find any transaction under your name or this email. Could you check your records and see what email you used to purchase Rhythm Cups? It would be on your Paypal invoice. If you do not see it in your inbox, it is probably because it went to whatever your default in Paypal was, so be aware that it might be an old address.

    Just let me know and I’ll check the record to see if it went through!

  91. Make Your Inner Rhythm Confident! July 26, 2016 at 12:16 am

    […] to the 6/8 rhythm. And, if you are looking for something fun you can do together, check out this fun rhythm cup exercise! Tapping rhythms will never be boring […]

  92. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens July 30, 2016 at 7:53 pm


    I’ve been trying to contact you about your order but I’m having no luck with your email address. I even contacted the school that your email address is connected with, but they say you don’t work there. Please send me an email ( you can use the contact page: https://composecreate.com/contact/) I’ll be happy to help!


  93. Brenda August 30, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Hello. I purchases the beats and would like to know if I can download them onto an apple computer. I realize that to put them on an iPad i need to follow the direction in FAQ, but just wondering if that also applies to putting it on my mac laptop. Thanks.

  94. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens August 30, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Brenda,

    You can definitely download them to your Mac laptop…it’s actually much easier that way! While on your laptop, click your personal download links again and then go to your downloads folder to find them. Double click to extract the folder with the beats, then move the beats to iTunes or just double click any of the individual tracks to play them in your default player. Thanks again for purchasing them!

  95. Ruth Snowman September 2, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Wendy,

    I have an MT-90S music player by Roland. This music tudor device uses a square shaped disk. I mostly use it as accompaniment for some of the method book songs for my students. It is a wonderful teaching tool mainly because I can alter the tempos like a metronome for the students’s level. Since I am very interested in purchasing your “Rhythm
    Cup Exploration” books, I wanted to know if you offer the music accompaniments in a disk that would work for my MT-90S device.

    Thank you

  96. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens September 2, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Dear Ruth,

    Great question! The accompaniment music comes as mp3s, and we don’t offer anything like what you are talking about, unfortunately. It’s possible that you could find some beats on your player that work. But the idea is that these will save tons of time since they are created to work with specific pages. You certainly don’t have to purchase the beats though! You can purchase the book separately and then if you want the beats later, you can do that. Thanks for your interest!

  97. Sharmin October 4, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Hi Wendy,

    Thanks for all your hard work, creating these wonderful resources! I’ve practiced a sample sheet with my students and they just love it!
    I’m interested in buying the ‘Rhythm cup explorations’ bundle and encountered a question, perhaps a silly one! as I went through the checkout process, I’m required to provide a shipping address as well. I would just need to make sure that getting access to this ‘package’ is all ELECTRONIC, and I would gain access to two PDF files instantly upon purchase, since I’m away from home and currently living outside of USA.

    Thanks again 🙂

  98. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens October 4, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Hi Sharmin,

    Yes, you are right that ALL of the rhythm books are digital resources, so nothing is shipped to you. My checkout process though requires a shipping address, so that’s why it asks. Thanks for your interest!

  99. Carol Schneider December 2, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Wendy,
    I can’t seem to get the Warning: Java Script window to close so I can use the Rhythm managerie in my Acrobat Reader.
    I am using a macbook pro. Can you help me?

  100. Lea Edwards January 26, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Just ordered the mp3s that go with Rhythm Cup Exploration. I’m seeing 4 lines of music on the page (with each line repeated). The mp3 that goes with the page doesn’t seem long enough to play while students do the whole page. How do you play along with the music when it’s so short?

  101. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens January 26, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Hi Lea!

    Thanks for purchasing Rhythm Cup Explorations. The beats have instructions about them on the page, but basically, you can choose 4 lines to play. “Pick 4 lines if playing with the tracks. Example: lines 1 & 3 with repeats, lines 2 & 4 with repeats, or all lines without repeats.” I hope that helps!

    Thanks again for using Rhythm Cup Explorations!

  102. Susanna February 14, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Hello Wendy! I discovered Your methode right now and I’m very happy!
    I’ve a question: the cups are included with books? cause I guess that are special cups stronger than normal cups…
    If are not included, could You please tell me where could I find it? thanks a lot
    Barcelona (Spain)

  103. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens February 14, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Hi Susanna,

    Thanks so much for your interest! Your students will love Rhythm Cups! No, the cups are not included, but you can get them in almost any grocery store (at least in the states). They are just your typical 16 oz plastic cups…Solo or Hefty are the brand in the states. You can always double the cups up and put a piece of tape at the end if you don’t think they are strong enough.

    I hope that helps!

  104. Ada February 23, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Hello Wendy,

    I am wondering if he American both Books and Beats bundle comes with the hardcopy book?. I was expecting that’s comes with the hard copies but all I got is the soft copies files and beat files and haven’t receive anything in the mail yet. Please advise. Thank you.


  105. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens February 23, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Ada!

    Thanks for your purchase and for asking so I can help!

    The rhythm books are all PDF downloads. We do this so that you have a lot of flexibility in how you display or print. You can show it to students on a computer, projector, iPad, or just print the pages that you need. You can send it to a print shop to print it for you or you can make prints from your home printer on card stock and laminate them. There are a lot of options and sending it as a PDF file makes any prints you do make high quality instead of cheap looking copies from a copy machine. We are also able to offer it at a much cheaper price because of making it a digital resource.

    I hope that helps explain it!

  106. Choy K Y April 21, 2017 at 12:50 am

    I am an educator in Singapore. Can your resources be delivered to Singapore? How much is the delivery charges?

  107. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens April 21, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Hi Choy!

    Yes indeed! The Rhythm products we have are all digital products, so once you purchase, you’ll get a thank you email with your download links in them! It’s super easy and there are no shipping charges!

    Thanks for your interest and let me know if you have any other questions!

  108. Esther May 18, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Hi, I have tried to purchase the book. I am from Canada and it won’t general the shipping fee for me after I enter my address.

  109. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens May 18, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Esther! I have great news for you! There is no shipping because these are digital products. So within minutes of your order, you’ll get a thank you email that has links to these high quality PDFs so that you can either use them digitally, print out the whole thing or only print what you need as you need it! Let me know if you have any questions!

  110. Natalie Whittington May 22, 2017 at 10:00 am

    wendy, i’ve been using rhythm cups for a while. but the sound on my laptop is not great for large groups and I can’t attach a speaker. getting prepped for summer camp and wanted to know is there any way to get the BEATS track on the ipad?

  111. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens May 22, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Natalie,

    Yes, absolutely! Apple makes it a little tricky to get it actually into itunes, but there are some tips here: https://composecreate.com/store/faqs-and-troubleshooting/

    I hope that helps!

  112. Shannon May 31, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Bundle and Save $5!

    Rhythm Cup Explorations$34.96 $39.96 North American BUNDLE ofRCE 1 + RCE2 + Beats for both books

    $34.96 $39.96 International BUNDLE of RCE 1 + RCE1 Beats + RCE 2
    Your international description is unclear as to weather it comes with both beat tracks or not? Can you please confirm this for me because I would like both beat tracks and the international version. Is this a digital download????

    Thanks so much,

  113. Wendy Stevens
    Wendy Stevens May 31, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Hi Shannon,

    Sorry for the confusion! Yes, the $34.96 price of the bundle of Rhythm Cup books includes the beats for both books whether you purchase the north american or international version. And yes, they are all digital downloads! We only offer the rhythm books as digital downloads.

    Thanks for your interest! Let me know if there is anything else I can answer!

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