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A program for Kids ages 4 years old through 2nd grade!

In 2022 Term 2, our Rhythm Kids class will meet outdoors on Mondays at 4:00 PM at Pearblossom Park in Santa Rosa.

Term 2 begins on May 2 and runs for 8 weeks.  More on the Outdoor Program.

Rhythm Kids follows through on the Music Together   vision to help children complete the pathway of early childhood music development from birth through age 8. As part of the Rhythm Kids experience, in addition to weekly classes, children and their grownups can enjoy drumming play and practice sessions at home with the help of online play-along videos featuring Rhythm Kids creator Tom Foote.

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Rhythm Kids is an exciting music, movement, and drumming class where children integrate and assimilate rhythm into their lives, as they:

  • Learn, create, discover and explore music, movement and drumming.

  • Enjoy age-appropriate ways to play rhythm instruments (shakers, tambourines, etc.)

  • Explore traditional drumming patterns through animal names and movements

  • Experience drumming, song and dance from around the world (Mali, Puerto Rico, Turkey, etc.)

  • Find new ways to connect mind, body, and voice through rhythm.

  • Develop skill in improvising, soloing, conducting, composition, and improvisation

  • Participate in active musical games that are both enriching and totally fun!

Classes are offered for 4-8 year-olds with parent participation strongly encouraged.* Classes are offered for both beginning (level 1) and intermediate (level 2) students in a combined, family-style setting. 

*We do not have parents completely drop kids off when we're outdoors. In these Covid times of distancing, and in the outdoor class setting, it will be important for an adult to be with/near your child for Rhythm Kids class. If a child should need something while in the park, the teacher might not be able to help effectively. Also in terms of music- many of the Rhythm Kids activities are done with pairs or small groups. Since the children will be keeping distanced, the presence of an adult on their blanket will make all the difference to have a partner for some of the activities. That being said, it is ultimately up to each child and each family. If you want to let your child experience class alone, you must at least remain close by in the park. We will consider each child's/family's needs.

Coming up in Term 2: Toucan Collection! Mondays at 4:00 PM in Santa Rosa. 

Class starts May 2.

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Tuition includes:

  • Weekly, 45-minute classes

  • Animal Collection Songbook and CD each semester

  • Access to online video tutorials, music reading readiness activities, and play-alongs

Coming up in 2022 Term 2: Toucan!

Rhythm Kids students will need their own drum to use in class and at home.

A djembe is preferred, but any hand drum will

work, so please use what you can find.

Drum Options:

  1. When registering, you can choose a pricing option that includes a djembe drum (like the one pictured) for your child (at only $38 for the drum)!

  2. You may purchase a drum from Djembe Direct and use the code RHYTHMKIDS to receive a 5% discount. Shipping is FREE.

  3. There are drums available online in many places.

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Note: Rhythm Kids classes are for children 4 years old and older. Siblings can attend class together, but siblings under 4 years old are not developmentally ready for the structure of Rhythm Kids classes; therefore, except for babies seven months and younger, only children in the specified age range and their adults may attend. No previous music experience is required.

This video was made for "Rhythm Kids Online" but it gives a good idea of what children get to discover in Rhythm kids.