Rhythm Instrument Fun

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A collection of activities to get preschool - Grade 5 children playing, listening, creating, and reading music while using non-pitched percussion instruments. Songs are included to teach instrument rules and classroom management. Suggestions and reproducibles are included for assessment activities. Younger students will love the simple play alongs, and older students will enjoy relative note value activities with instruments (or tennis balls) and stick rhythms. 

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- Audio recordings
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- Audio recordings
- Projectable PDFs

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Table of Contents:

Let’s Get Started! 
1. Play and Stop 
2. Let’s Play Instruments 
3. Play and Play and Stop 
4. Ways to Play Instruments 
5. Instrument Rules 
5a. Simon Says 
6. Beat and Name Chants 
- Introducing Instrument Families 
- How to Play Rhythm Instruments 

Play and Sing 
7. If You’re Happy 
8. Let Everyone Play Sticks 

Instrument Families 
9. Play, Play, Play Along 
9a. Play Along K-3 
10. Sticks are Tapping 

Listening Activities
11a. Who is Tapping? 
11b. What am I Tapping On? 
11c. What is in the Shakers? 
11d. Guess the Instrument 

Play Along 
12. Play Along with Bach 
13. Play Along with Handel 
14. Play Along with Mozart 
- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Rhythm Band, Scarves

Relative Note Values
14. Relative Note Values-Large Notes
15. St. Anne's Reels
16. Surfin Rock
17. Ramsey St. Blues
Note Switch Activities
18. Piano Roll 
- Stick Notes

Stories - Add Sound Effects 
19. Mortimer 
20. Mmm Cookies
21. Rain Rain Story
22. Mr. Frog Story
23. Bell Horses Story

Create and Play
24. Copy What I'm Going to Play 
25. Improvise and Copycat Game 
26. Question and Answer 
27. Hey! Hey! Rondo

28. Rhythm Instrument Matching 
29. Name the Instrument
30. Which Instrument Did I Hear?
31. Instrument Family Matching


Audio: Play, Play, Play Along
Audio: Play and Stop
Audio: Let's Play Instruments
Audio: Let Everyone Play Sticks
Audio: St Anne's Reel
Audio: Surfin' Rock
Audio: Rain, Rain
Book: Rhythm Instrument Fun
Projectable: Rhythm Instrument Fun