|"I did the whole RhythmKidz book and I
was taken away with the teaching method... What a great way to teach! I
am also going to use this with adults..."|
Nurturing young players
is an effort Kenne has an intuitive focus on. His newest book,
RhythmiKidz, is a manual on rhythmic study for elementary age children
with patterns, rhythmic rhymes and activities to enrich young players
performance skills and appreciation of drumming. It continues rhythmic
activities and facilitation presented in his earlier book
Circle Cookbook with more easy playable rhythms and
Excerpt from the Preface:
Kids learn by doing. This book is
written to help kids learn how to play, and enjoy playing a hand drum
in a class or other group activity. The extended function of the pieces
presented within these pages is to form cooperative associations, peer
relationships and partner interaction. Although the book itself is
written with the teacher, group leader or facilitator in mind the
patterns, songs and chants can be done by appropriate level kids
themselves without guidance.
Many of these pieces are arrangements, recreations
and short vignettes of known structures designed to create pattern and
rhythmic awareness as well as be fun activities.The pieces have been
tested in elementary, middle school and high school settings. Titles
are noted in the Contents with suggested grade levels, [K - 8] in which
kids may achieve the best satisfaction and musical success. Some levels
of kid's groups may find an abbreviated effort of a piece more doable.
Full and extended versions of pieces may benefit and challenge higher
Many hand drum patterns in this book can be mixed
and matched with others to create multi-tonal rhythmic combinations
which can be used for a variety of areas. Some are playable on Paddle
Drums, especially suited for young kids. Children's music textbooks
offer a tremendous array of colloquial, international and multicultural
songs and activities which drumming can support. Finding areas that
would be enriched by the rhythm of a hand drum is not too difficult.
Many songs beg for some rhythmic support. It is just up to the
instructor to provide that resource.
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pages from the book.
pieces with a vocal and easy method for pattern recognition.
- Rhythm patterns to support elementary school music
program text material.
- Ethnic flavored rhythm pieces for cultural
awareness and enjoyment.
- Percussion parts for Paddle Drums, Bells, Shakers,
and Rhythm Sticks included for groups and ensembles.
on a page to enlarge it for reading.
No portion of this material may be transferred
or copied electronically or otherwise
without the expressed
written permission of Kenne Thomas or
Kenzongs Music Pub.
Book cover designed by Barbara
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