Whether you are a teacher, student, or music professional
this is an innovative way of teaching and learning rhythm.
The blocks help students to understand and conceptualize rhythmic musical patterns. They also encourage students to read music by basic, quick to recognize groupings. The blocks can be integrated into the study of actual pieces or simply creating one's music. Many of the students who use these blocks have been able to pass the music theory sections, like the ABRSM exam.
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"I handed out the blocks to smaller groups of kids and gave them some parameters and let them make their own rhythms. The kids LOVED them. Several asked me where they could get them"
- Brenda, Indiana University
"The Math Department and I have been teaching rhythms and fractions for a few years... the blocks helped the students take something abstract, namely fractions and subdivisions of notes, and make it more concrete. The design is not only functional but also inviting, especially to younger students. My boys love working with these blocks!"
-Michelle, The Allen- Stevenson School
Back in the 1980s, when I still was a young teacher, I already was interested in making serious musical concepts more approachable for young beginners. The blocks looked good as all kids love playing with blocks. So I bought plain colorful plastic blocks and drew musical notes with bright nail polish. Ola! Kids are engaged in learning rhythm.
A few weeks ago I found out that the same idea occurred in the mind of another music educator, Alicia Jonas. She took the same idea several steps forward: more different rhythm patterns and rests, blocks sized accordingly to the rhythm values, brochure on how to use them. Being not just a creative teacher, but also an entrepreneur, she also obtained a patent and organized a production.
With great pleasure, I purchased the set for the Do-Re-Mi teachers to use in the lessons. If you think you will use them at home with your child - don't hesitate to let me know, and we'll get them for you!
-Do-Re-Mi School of Music