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game app to help with kids rhythm? #2942577 02/04/20 11:25 AM
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Hi, my son (9) is learning piano for a little over half a year with a teacher. He enjoys it and makes good progress, but needs quite some help on rhythm in daily practice.
I wonder if you could recommend any fun game apps for him to improve rhythm? also sight reading. But rhythm is his bottle neck. Thank you so much!

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Re: game app to help with kids rhythm? [Re: CATPIANOTTT] #2942726 02/04/20 05:05 PM
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Just use a metronome.

Rhythm is not something that can be taught quickly, or done with a shortcut. A lot of students struggle with rhythm, and most of the time it's a developmental issue. I've run into adults who can't hold a steady beat. It's genetics.

You can say the same thing with aural recognition. Some people are born with a good ear; some people can't tell Major and minor triads apart, even after years of training.


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Re: game app to help with kids rhythm? [Re: CATPIANOTTT] #2942760 02/04/20 06:25 PM
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Is the difficulty more with keeping a beat/rhythm in general or executing the rhythm while looking at notation?

What has the teacher recommended, and what has helped or not?

Re: game app to help with kids rhythm? [Re: CATPIANOTTT] #2942928 02/05/20 08:14 AM
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Is he unable to copy a rhythm by ear, or is it rhythmic notation that is the problem?

Re: game app to help with kids rhythm? [Re: AZNpiano] #2943041 02/05/20 11:21 AM
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Thank you! I agree that some people are born with better sense of rhythm.
He did get better over the past few months so I am confident it will develop more. I am just trying to see if there are other tools that can help him.


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Just use a metronome.

Rhythm is not something that can be taught quickly, or done with a shortcut. A lot of students struggle with rhythm, and most of the time it's a developmental issue. I've run into adults who can't hold a steady beat. It's genetics.

You can say the same thing with aural recognition. Some people are born with a good ear; some people can't tell Major and minor triads apart, even after years of training.

Re: game app to help with kids rhythm? [Re: mostlystrings] #2943049 02/05/20 11:28 AM
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It's both. But more difficult on the keeping steady beat part while playing the piano. He has gotten better slowly but surely. He does not seem to have a problem on clapping following a rhythm.
The teacher tried many ways in lessons: metronome, counting out loud in different ways, tapping foot... it's difficult for my son to do these while playing. He likes to nod with rhythm, that helps. We try a bit of all of them at home but I do not want to push him too much. So I thought a fun game would be nice.


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Is the difficulty more with keeping a beat/rhythm in general or executing the rhythm while looking at notation?

What has the teacher recommended, and what has helped or not?


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Re: game app to help with kids rhythm? [Re: CATPIANOTTT] #2943053 02/05/20 11:33 AM
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Try rapping.


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Re: game app to help with kids rhythm? [Re: CATPIANOTTT] #2943278 02/05/20 05:52 PM
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Get him a Bop it.

I have no idea if it will help, but they are kind of fun for a while.


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