With younger students I start to teach rhythm by emphasizing that the terms “beat” and “rhythm” are different. When teaching some of the following songs, I have students pat the beat and clap the rhythm. I use laminated cards that say “beat” and “rhythm.” Whichever card I hold up, that is what they pat or clap. While there are countless songs you could do this with, here are a few with activities.

Songs/Activities with beat vs. rhythm




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