Building on a Rhythmic Foundation with MORE Rhythm Vocabulary Cards

Are you ready? It’s time for some more rhythm vocabulary fun!

Yes, that’s the kind of enthusiasm I expect from you when you bring out these cards in your lessons. ūüėČ

Below you’ll find three new sets of of Rhythm Vocab cards. The first set is a sort of extension pack on last week’s Rhythm Vocab cards, including more note values and combinations. The second set is all in 3:4 time, and the third in 6:8.

rhythm vocab cards

As you can see, I printed the each¬†set on different coloured card. This way I can easily grab the ones I’m looking for, or sort them out if they get mixed up. The card sets do not need to be used sequentially, you could even use them as one megapack if that floats your boat.

More 4:4 Rhythms

This next level of 4:4 Rhythm Vocab cards builds on those covered in the first Rhythm Vocab pack here. New rhythm language is introduced here including simple syncopation, semiquavers, quaver triplets, quaver rests & minim rests.

Level 2 rhythm vocab cards

There are two versions of each of the cards in the download.

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Note/rest values in this pack:

  • Semiquavers (sixteenth notes)
  • Quavers (eighth notes)
  • Quaver triplets (quaver eighths)
  • Crotchets (quarter notes)
  • Dotted crotchets (dotted quarter notes)
  • Minims (half notes)
  • Tied crotchets (tied quarter notes)
  • Quaver rests (eighth note rests)
  • Crotchet rests (quarter note rests)
  • Minim rests (half note rests)

3:4 Rhythms

These cards apply all the note values covered in the two 4:4 Rhythm Vocab packs to 3:4 time. You might choose to cover these rhythms after the 4:4 ones, or to cover them at the same time.

Students often have more trouble with triple metres, since it’s almost non-existent in the music on the radio. For this reason, you might want to start with these rhythms right away…or you may want to wait a little longer until the student is more comfortable with the process. It will depend on each student and situation.

Level 3 rhythm vocab cards

Note/rest values in this pack:

  • Semiquavers (sixteenth notes)
  • Quavers (eighth notes)
  • Quaver triplets (quaver eighths)
  • Crotchets (quarter notes)
  • Dotted crotchets (dotted quarter notes)
  • Minims (half notes)
  • Quaver rests (eighth note rests)
  • Crotchet rests (quarter note rests)

6:8 Rhythms

This last pack applies the note values to 6:8 time, as well as introducing the dotted quaver. Kodály actually advocated introducing 6:8 time before 3:4 time, since it is more common in folk music. Due to the struggle many students later have with playing triple metres, I prefer to cover 3:4 time first.

There’s nothing on any of the cards to indicate that it should be done this way, so choose the path that fits best with your teaching style and the student’s goals.

Level 4 rhythm vocab cards

Note/rest values in this pack:

  • Semiquavers (sixteenth notes)
  • Quavers (eighth notes)
  • Dotted quavers (Dotted eighth notes)
  • Quaver triplets (quaver eighths)
  • Crotchets (quarter notes)
  • Dotted crotchets (dotted quarter notes)
  • Minims (half notes)
  • Quaver rests (eighth note rests)
  • Crotchet rests (quarter note rests)

How to Use

There are so many ways to use these cards to develop rhythmic fluency. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Introduce 2-4 new rhythms to students at each lesson and then lend them these cards to practice at home. Change them out the next week.
  • Gradually build up the cards that have been mastered in your student’s binder until they have a complete set.
  • Use them to test a transfer student’s rhythm abilities.
  • Lay out a random selection in a line to create rhythm exercises.
  • Practice the clapping at sight test for an upcoming exam.
  • Have your student select one card and incorporate that into an improvisation.
  • Ask your student to pick out 8 cards and order them. Then compose a piece together using that rhythm.
rhythm vocab cards

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How do you plan on using the Rhythm Vocab cards?

Will they fit in to an activity you already do with your students? Does something spring to mind just looking at them?

Share your ideas and interpretations so we can all learn from them!

If you’re looking for the original simpler set of Rhythm Vocab cards you can find them here.

2 thoughts on “Building on a Rhythmic Foundation with MORE Rhythm Vocabulary Cards”

  1. I purchased your book Rhythm in 5 under the impression that the 3 resources needed for 16 out of the 25 games could be downloaded and printed at home. However, I have not found this to be true without a membership in VMT. This is rather disappointing.

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