Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Coming to a Classroom near You ... Get with the Beat - New App Makes Rhythm Easy: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Coming to a Classroom near You ... Get with the Beat - New App Makes Rhythm Easy: News

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Very few people are blessed with natural rhythm, and schools give plenty of opportunities for students and teachers alike to demonstrate the point - the school disco chief among them. But the worst examples of mistiming can often be found in music classes.

"I have been teaching rhythms throughout my career and (it) is something people find so difficult," says Marion Wood, former director of music at the University of Exeter in south-west England, and now a researcher and freelance conductor. "I found myself wishing children were taught how to read and perform rhythm at a young age."

Wood decided to turn her wish into a reality by developing an app that would teach younger children complex rhythms in an interactive way. The Woodchuck Rhythm App, which Wood built herself, uses familiar words such as "caterpillar" and "dinosaur" to help children play and remember new rhythms.

"It's about taking a complex concept that isn't normally taught until much later and wrapping it in a way a five-year-old can understand," Wood says.

To take one example, the word caterpillar is shown above a picture of a caterpillar and a notation of four semiquavers. The children are instructed to clap the name as they say it, following the four circles that make up the picture of the caterpillar as they do, clapping louder on the head. …

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