Rhythm Rockers are a progressive sequence of rhythm studies
These rhythms can be used or taught in many ways. In our classes, we use the rhythms in a "pass off" fashion. Teachers and student aides walk around the room at the beginning of class to work with students. Using the boxes on the left and right sides of the page, students will earn stickers/stamps/checks marks two ways:
Step One (Left Side): Demonstrating foot pulse while verbalizing the subdivision and clapping the rhythm. It is suggested that students continue verbalizing the subdivision during a rest; they simply separate their hands outwards to demonstrate that they would not be playing. Students subdivide the entire line to the smallest rhythm present.
Step Two (Right Side): After completing a page of clapping, students will perform the page again to earn stickers on the right side by playing the rhythm on their instrument. This can only be completed after students have been taught to articulate properly. If a student has finished clapping a page of rhythms but doesn’t know how to tongue yet, they can continue to the next page clapping, and revisit the first pages to play once they can articulate.
Recommended ways of playing:
About the Authors
Alicia DeSoto and Chris Meredith are the band directors at Shadow Ridge Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas, where they have taught together since 2009. The Shadow Ridge Beginner Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Honor Winds have earned numerous awards, including an Honor Winds performance at The 66th Annual Midwest Clinic in 2012 and 72nd Annual Midwest Clinic in 2018, National Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors 2010-2018, and two time top five Texas CC Honor Band State Finalist.
Meredith and DeSoto are active clinicians and have spoken about beginner band instrument pedagogy, rhythm pedagogy, and intermediate and advanced middle school band curriculum and rehearsal concepts at The Midwest Clinic, Total Band Director Workshop, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, a large number of secondary and higher education institutions including: University of Texas at Arlington, University of North Texas, Oklahoma City University, and Oklahoma State University.
Meredith and DeSoto are also co-authors on the Musical Mastery series of beginner band pedagogy books. Visit www.MusicalMastery.org for more info.
Special thank you to Dominic Talanca for his creativity and inspiration at the start of this project!