I would love ideas Cyrilla- always open to them!
Well, ClariNicki1, here's a few to be going on with...
1) Just reading them with rhythm names, preferably whilst keeping the pulse with tapping/clicking etc.
2) As above but change the pulse movement every bar (just use two alternating ones initially).
3) Speak the rhythm names but add body percussion (eg. clap the ta
notes, tap the ti-ti
notes on your head, touch your nose (ie a silent movement) for rests, tap then slide hands from top of thigh to knee for ta-aa
, etc. Get them to make up their own body percussion.
4) As 3) but speak the rhythm names in your thinking voice. You may find you need to keep an audible pulse for this.
5) Prepare for a new piece/section of a piece by laying out 4 (or however many you need) on the floor. The student speaks the rhythm names. Turn over one card which the student now has to memorise - he then speaks all the cards again. Turn over another card and so on until the whole phrase has been memorised. The student could then write the rhythm down from memory.
6) Again this could prepare for a new piece/section of a piece. Place four rhythm cards on the floor but the third one is a blank one. The student reads the rhythm names, then in the empty bar just taps four quiet beats while speaking some rhythm names in his thinking voice. Repeat but this time he improvises the missing bar by speaking the rhythm names out loud. You could then dictate the actual rhythm that is in the piece - either for writing down what you clap, or finding the card for the rhythm you clap from a selection of cards. You could then discuss with the student the difference between their improvisations and the original melody (which may be the same!).
7) The student speaks the rhythm names of a pattern (can be any length from one bar) then improvises on his instrument to that rhythm, using a given toneset (group of notes).
I must hit the hay now but hopefully the above will be helpful and kick-start some more ideas!