The following two activities have a wide range of uses. First, they are listening games that can be used to test the students’ listening/repeating skills. They may also be used to allow the students to begin to compose/improvise their own rhythmic patterns.This game is a great tool that can be used to gauge everything from how well the students are listening or to prepare them to learn a complicated rhythm and even to prepare them to explore using their voices. It is a safe way to approach the idea of the voice as an instrument.
Rhythm Echo Game
The teacher starts the game by clapping, snapping, or patting a simple rhythmic pattern. The students respond by imitating/copying the pattern.
The clapping and copying continues as the teacher creates more complicated patterns for the students to clap out. Eventually the teacher can move from body percussion to vocal sounds.