Rhythmic Dictation Game VOLUME 1 (Rhythm Envelope Game -- 7 complete sets!)

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Improve rhythmic success & confidence! Flip the traditional teaching process with this hands-on rhythmic dictation game. This middle school rhythm activity is perfect for band, orchestra, choir, general music or upper elementary. Empower your musicians by developing rhythm dictation in an intentional way that leads to understanding!

You’ll love how effectively this game teaches: 

  • aural listening skills
  • rhythm identification
  • differentiation between similar rhythms
  • associating how a rhythm looks with how a rhythm sounds
  • assessing student understanding of rhythms

This game is so easy to guide students through! Each student gets an envelope with 8 rhythm cards. Teacher counts, claps or plays one of the 8 rhythms. Students individually identify which card was performed. Once all students have found the correct card, the class counts the rhythm together. This is a wonderful way to approach rhythm in a new pedagogical way – hear it, see it, then count it. Sometimes these games are also known as "Post Office" games for elementary if the cards are kept in envelopes and "delivered" to each student to search through their 'mail' for the right card.

DETAILED instructions (with pictures) are included along with a number of ways to SIMPLIFY the game and a number of ways to make it more CHALLENGING.

Volume 1 includes SEVEN individual sets:

Set 1 Focus – quarter notes/rests

Set 2 Focus – half notes/rests

Set 3 Focus – whole notes/rests, beamed eighth notes

Set 4 Focus – dotted half notes/rests

Set 5 Focus – single eighth notes/rests

Set 6 Reviews all previous rhythms in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 and common time

Set 7 Reviews all previous rhythms in 2 measure challenge chunks

EACH SET includes 8 practice flashcards with the 8 rhythms (about 3’ x 10” each) to practice the rhythms before the game as well as the 8 cards (about 1”x3” each) to cut into student sets. You can also use these large flashcards for other classroom games! (See the instructions included in the resource.)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Paige A. says, "My students really enjoyed this game! I appreciate the different levels available - I was able to use it with all of my students from K-5.” 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Heather R. says, “My students had fun with this, and keep asking to play it again.  Thanks!”

**This game is also included in the Music Theory Games- Level 1 Bundle!**

**This game is also included in the Music Theory Games- SUPER Bundle!**

Volume 1 rhythm correlates with our Rhythm Grid/Slides Level 1 if you’re looking for a rhythm chart. Not at all necessary for this game though!

Looking for more advanced rhythm dictation games?

Rhythm Envelope Game Volume 2 (Also included in the Games Super Bundle)

Rhythm Envelope Game Volume 3

We have BOOM Card (digital, self-checking) dictation games also!

Rhythmic Dictation BOOM Bundle

Melodic Dictation BOOM Bundle


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