Rhythm Kids

Welcome to Rhythm Kids by Music Together® at Pakachoag, an exciting music, movement, and drumming class for children in Kindergarten through second grade (ages 5–8).


About Rhythm Kids

Kids know what they like. Telling silly stories. Playing games. Being in charge.

Designed specifically for Kindergarten and early elementary students, our active Rhythm Kids classes tap into how children this age are wired to learn, with music games, animal rhythm stories, and lots of stomping-flying-climbing fun.

Rhythm Kids is just the thing to get your child to (willingly) put down the iPad and start making music with their friends. By the end of the semester, they’ll be proud to show off what they’ve learned: to you, their friends and teachers.

Julie is fantastic, as always, and Magdalena is thrilled with the class! It’s the best thing I could have signed her up for. As soon as the first class ended, she asked disappointedly, “Is it over?” And last week at the end of class she asked, “Can we do this again tomorrow?” Best, Gabrielle (Spring 2019)

Rhythm Kids 2019-2020

  • Class Day:  Fridays.
  • Time:  5:00 to 5:45 pm
  • Location:  West Boylston:  2nd Floor Youth Room (Elevator available; a wait/work room is available for parents with siblings not enrolled in the class)
  • Tuition is the same as our school year Music Together tuition rates.  Sibling discounts are the same as our traditional Music Together mixed-age classes.
  • Session Start Dates:  Session start dates are usually the same as our Music Together three-session school-year schedule.  See below for details.

Rhythm Kids Schedules

Please register early.  At least one week in advance of start date is appreciated.  This helps us prepare for week one and confirm if the class has met its minimum enrollment with other registered families.  Thank you!

Fall 2019:  Start date Friday, October 4, 2019

Winter 2020:  Start date Friday, January 17, 2020

Spring 2020:  Start date April 3, running through May 29, 2020

Registration

Classes are for children K–2 (ages 5–8) and include:

  • 8 weekly, 45-minute classes
  • Rhythm/Song CD and song book:  Three different collections annually.
  • Access to online in-home activity pages
  • Access to online video tutorials and play-alongs

Students should have their own hand drum or djembe for use at home.

Rhythm Kids Registration

What To Expect

In each weekly music class, we drum, sing, move, and play to rhythms inspired by musical traditions around the world, from West African Gahu, to Japanese Taiko, to Brazilian Samba, just to name a few.

Students learn to compose, choreograph, and conduct as they play—and play with!—a variety of musical instruments: West African djembe drums, percussion instruments, and, the most important instruments of all, their voices and their bodies. As your child learns to think and create like a musician, they’ll also build musical connections to the global community. Classes include:

  • immersion in the musical language of many cultures
  • playful music games with rules
  • opportunities to lead, balanced with opportunities to collaborate
  • deep exposure to complex, fun, and rockin’ music
  • many chances to solo, improvise, and work in ensembles
  • rich, creative experimentation and expression, improvisation, and innovation
  • Watch this video for a sneak peak of what to expect in a Rhythm Kids class.

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With or Without Parent?

Parent attendance and participation during class is encouraged but optional.  If choosing not to attend class or if you need to supervise a sibling, a classroom is available for waiting/home-work during class time.

Music Learning Supports All Learning®

Whether as a stand-alone music class or as a companion to private lessons, Rhythm Kids helps children develop the facility, repertoire, mastery, and creativity to be confident music students and music-makers throughout their lives. Plus, kids gain valuable skills they’ll take with them to the elementary school classroom (and beyond!). The music and movement activities support growth in several key developmental areas and naturally motivate kids to focus and engage.

Rhythm Kids music, activities, and games support:

MUSIC-LEARNING

  • Rhythm and tonal competence
  • Composing, conducting, & choreographing
  • Independent singing
  • Confidence in movement
  • Creative musical expression

ALL LEARNING

  • Leadership and social skills
  • Executive functions
  • Emerging math skills
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Cultural exposure & appreciation

About The Teacher

Julie Holston is our Rhythm Kids teacher.  Julie, who has been teaching Music Together for over 15 years completed a special RK training program with MT National in New Jersey during February 2016.

Learn more about early childhood learning by visiting Music Together national’s blog.