Inspired by my Bucket Drumming Karate unit, I wanted to have another option for my students for centers, fun Fridays and even just in between concerts as a way to continue with rhythm literacy and even enable my students to play the cup song better! I've used this in my classroom from third grade through twelfth and all of my students find it a fun way to review rhythm reading with immediate aural feedback and laughter!
This is a fun way to establish rhythms with students from 3rd through 7th grade, giving kids a way to not only learn aurally but visually and kinetically all at once! It gives immediate feedback, and the kids have a fun time learning a new skill to impress their friends with!
When working through the levels, it always is best to start slow, and establish the beat prior to playing. For a beginning ensemble, I recommend practicing by saying the beats using “ta” language, then develop the rhythm slowly. Please note that the first three levels of music have a “ta” language option, so that you can choose whether to give your students the rhythms or you develop them as your students learn how to play cup rhythms in your classroom.
Options include playing in pairs, in two paired lines, or playing in small or large circles. While I have used the term “floor” assuming most classrooms will be sitting on the floor, this can be used in the regular classroom as well, at desks or tables!