Rhythm Routine

When I first started working at a private school in Japan, I was not prepared to teach elementary music.

So I had to stop and decide the following:
  • What do I want the students to be able to do after a year of being my student?
  • What is important to me?

Here were the answers I came up with:
  • The students must sing songs native to their country and culture (Okinawa, Japan) daily
  • The students must clap/count/sing rhythms daily
  • The students must play instruments on a weekly basis

The content

After scouring the internet for something to facilitate my practice, testing out tons of videos and routines, these are the ones that worked best for my kiddos. I hope you find value in them too.

Update: I noticed that it was difficult for some of my students sitting in the back to see the rhythms, so I created a rhythm book and rhythm videos to go along with it. Now my students can look up at the video or follow the page in front of them. The students have grown more confident in their rhythm-reading and the moving arrow is a great accommodation for the students who need the extra help. 

Videos are listed in the order that I play them for the class.


Rhythms Level 1

Quarter Notes, Quarter Rests

Rhythms Level 2

Eighth Notes, Quarter Notes, Quarter Rests


  1. I enjoyed your videos but can’t use them for my classes unless I stop them before they get to the end, where it shows your picture. Unfortunately, students get giggly because it appears you aren’t wearing a top. I don’t like to criticize, but if that’s something you can possibly change, it would be more usable in the elementary classroom.


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