Rhythm sticks are a must-have item for your studio’s prop cabinet for younger dance classes (as a bonus, they are relatively inexpensive and easy to make).

To create rhythm sticks; purchase wood dowel sticks at your local craft or home supply store. If you cannot find your exact, desired length, you can always trim larger dowel rods. Once the rhythm stick pairs are properly sized and paired, simply cover them in electrical tape to give them a colorful, protective coating (we prefer to use blue electrical tape). (To clean the sticks, simply wipe with Clorox Wipes or spray with Lysol.)

Rhythm sticks are wonderful props for improving rhythm, increasing awareness of beats/musicality, and having a bit of fun. Students can use their rhythm sticks for creative play in the following ways: creating alphabet letters/shapes, brainstorming creative and imaginative functions of the sticks {alien antennae, earrings, mustache, etc.}, and collaboratively planning a group picture or pattern with the use of the entire class’s rhythm sticks.

My favorite rhythm stick CD is Simplified Rhythm Stick Activities by Kimbo Educational. My favorite songs to use are: The Wizard of Oz, Sesame Street, Music/Music/Music, It’s a Small World, and the Hi Ho Medley. I like to include one rhythm stick activity song in each month’s lesson plan.

Do you use rhythm sticks in your classroom curriculum? Let us know what works best for you!

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