Well, I dragged out all of the popsicle sticks I had for the kids the other day and they had fun learning the
Ta, Ta, Ti-ti Ta
rhythms. I find that is a great way to teach them the beginnings of notation. They each get about 10 to 15 sticks and start building combinations of the Ta’s and Ti-ti’s. Ta is one popsicle stick set vertically and the Ti-ti is made with two popsicle sticks set vertically with one across the top. You may ask each child to point and say their rhythm.
Here is a sample of the song I use. It’s in the first section of my World Music and Rhythm Talk program.
CD 1, Wee Talk Rhythm and Song, Song 18. “I Am A Fine Musician”