Playing good rhythm is an essential yet extremely under appreciated component in music practice. Learning to clap, tap and count rhythms can a long way in improving a piano student’s hand eye coordination as well as aural skill and the internal metronome. I always found rhythm games work the best with elementary to intermediate level students while easily keeps them engaged. I’ve made rhythm cards for a game to help my students to develop their rhythm. Doing so helps them progress through their pieces faster, and make the lessons much more enjoyable.
-Teacher/Parent makes up a short rhythmic phrase (with both notes and rests). He or she then plays out the rhythm to the student.
-The Student lay down the flashcards to match the rhythm the teacher played. Same can be done in reverse.
Flashcards are available in the download link below.