Category Archives: Rhythm

Cyndee Giebler workshop 9/17/16

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Saturday, September 17, 2016   9:00a.m.   to 1:00p.m. (8:30 breakfast)

Location: David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center

15000 Bay Vista Boulevard, North Miami, Florida 33181

Cyndee Giebler lives and teaches in northeast Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and  completed her master’s degree at the University of St.Thomas in St.Paul, Minn. She completed all three Orff Levels at the University of St. Thomas and has taken master classes with Steve Calantropio and Richard Gill. She has presented workshops for American Orff-Schulwerk Association chapters around the country as well as state, regional , and national converntions. Cyndee teaches Level II at the Uarts/Villanova University Summer Music Masters Program in Pennsylvania. In her spare time, Cyndee enjoys composing and arranging music for classroom, chorus and elementary strings.

Sing, Dance, Play at our next workshop called “Mining the Volumes”.  Cyndee  will be touching on the many wonderful treasures that  our traditional  MUSIC FOR CHILDREN  volumes contain.  Bring your recorder, and a spirit of adventure as we go mining for musical gems. Your students will love creating master pieces from these music selections that you will bring back to your school.

Cost: $30 for 1 workshop, OR $55 for yearly membership (4 workshops)

Please RSVP to Claudia Lusararian at

Lego Rhythms

I was so excited to see this blog post from a music teacher who uses Legos as building blocks for rhythm!

Use these Smartboard files to compose rhythm patterns with students using Lego blocks! The number of beats each block is worth corresponds with the length of the lego block. For example, a quarter note uses a "one-lump" block, while a half note uses a "two-lump" block, and so on. Templates are made in 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4.

Each Lego has a different symbol. She even created pages of downloads with different meters that you can download at her site (it appears to be free).  She has them broken down with suggested grades and meters! It’s all done on with a smartboard.

Amazing!  This is  a wonderful way to give your students practice with notation and composition!

Pumpkin, Pumpkin

I saw this idea at

Music a la Abbott: Pumpkin Pumpkin

She has a great lesson that turns this song into a mixer (similar to Bow, wow, wow). She also has listed an extension activity with a “mystery song” and preparing 16th notes.

Do you have any favorite Halloween or Pumpkin songs that you would like to share with us? Please send me an email and I’ll post it!

Assessment with a Line-up Song!

If you head over to you can see this great Line-up song!

Line-Up Song

Mrs. Dennis (the author of the blog) teaches you how to use this song in your classroom to assess tempo, dynamics, melody, harmony, timbre, and rhythm!

Do you have a song like this? Have you used other line-up songs to assess musical skills?

Rules for Music Class

I wanted to share something from our Treasurer. She learned these rules from her Level I course with Gretchen Wahlberg and Sandy Lantz. She teaches them by clapping the rhythm, then depending on the grade, she will use percussion and/or create melodies on bars with the rhythms.


I’m going to post a lesson plan tomorrow using these rules!

What are your classroom rules?

Kodaly Downloads

Kodaly Downloads is a great website that is full of resources you may find useful in your teaching.

I subscribe to their e-newsletter and they sent a link for a free resource for teaching beat and rhythm.

I hope you enjoy!

Techniques for Practicing Rhythm

Here are some tips and techniques for practicing rhythm, Remember that rhythmic practice naturally leads to physically active and stimulation activities. With echo clapping some teachers get stuck with the same clapping pattern each time. After time it loses its meaning and purpose. Let’s remember to keep it fresh, not only for ourselves but also for our students.

Echo Clapping:

A. Teacher claps, no rhythm names; children echo.

B. Students echo with rhythm names, different motions.

C. Go to small groups.

D. Go to individual children.

E. Transfer to a rhythm instrument.

F. Transfer to a melody instrument on one note.

G. Teacher sings on a neutral syllable, children echo same note with rhythm names.

H. Teacher sings on a neutral syllable, children echo on a different note (ie; teacher on sol, class on mi).

How are ways that you make practicing rhythm fun?