Beginner’s Music: Rhythm & Groove (5-9 Year Olds)

The world is full of rhythm; we breathe in and out, our hearts beat, the sun rises and sets, all in rhythm, even when we are sleeping.

In this course we will gain a deeper understanding of rhythm and groove and how to use it. We will start with basic hambone, an ancient type of body percussion used the world over. We’ll have fun with some foot stomping grooves like a French Canadian Lumberjack and learn the art of the jaw harp. Straight out of the kitchen we learn to play the spoons like a real east coast fisherman. We will take these new skills, move on to the didjeridu and learn the magic of circular breathing!

All this music comes from within, no uploads, no downloads, no batteries required. There will be a kit available for purchase and a short list of items to collect.

Course Structure

  • Week 1: Basic rhythm; clapping polyrhythms, introduction to hambone.
  • Week 2: Refresher on polyrhythm and continuation of hambone.
  • Week 3: Continuing hambone, introduction of podorythmie, a percussive technique using feet as percussion instrument.
  • Week 4: Putting it all together.
  • Week 5: Introduction to the spoons.
  • Week 6: More spoons, intro to rhythm bones, the percussive use of cow rib bones, wooden ‘bones’ are available too.
  • Week 7: Kazoo, singing & beatbox.
  • Week 8: Intro to jaw harp.
  • Week 9: Continuing jaw harp.
  • Week 10: Intro didjeridu. The students/parent will need to collect a tube or two from local fabric store.
  • Week 11: Continuing didj.
  • Week 12: Fun ending, hang out, questions, maybe jamming.

Course Details

  • Course Start Date: Spring, 2021
  • Course Duration: 12 weeks.
  • Class length: 40 minutes.
  • Age range:  5-9 years old.
  • Class size: Maximum of 10 students.
  • Fees: $140 per student for the 12-week course.

Before completing your payment for the course, please read and agree to our Terms of Service below:

1. Payment is payable in full to confirm your child’s attendance of the course. Course fees are non-refundable.

2. Attendance at each class will be online, on a private video call. Prompt attendance is required.

3. Please ensure your child is in a safe, private and quiet space to attend each class and has the necessary equipment to participate in each class.

4. Siblings and additional students are not permitted to sit in on the classes.

5. We are the owner or the licensee of all Intellectual Property Rights and all other rights used in the course and all content within the course and nothing in these Terms or otherwise shall operate to transfer the ownership of the Intellectual Property Rights of the course or the content of the course to you or to any other person.

6. You may not at any time copy, reproduce, publish in any form, share, sell, dispose of or otherwise make available to a third party in any way any of the content or materials contained in the course.

7. We grant to you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sub licensable revocable licence to use all or any of the content of the course for the purposes for which it was provided only.

8. You may not without our prior written consent make any audio or visual recordings of any part of the course.

9. Our total liability in contract, tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty), misrepresentation, restitution or otherwise arising in connection with the performance of this agreement shall in all circumstances be limited to the price paid by you for the course.

10. These Terms shall be governed by English Law and your hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

The course fees are $140 per student for the 12-week course. Registration for Spring 2021 opens in October 2020.

About Your Teacher

A multi-instrumentalist, instrument maker, and music educator, Teilhard Frost specializes in traditional Appalachian folk music. He was raised on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario, spending time with the elder fiddlers in the area.

At the age of three he was given a jaw harp and harmonica by his father, his mother gave him a fiddle, and a record of Kentucky fiddle tunes. He has continued to play them all ever since.

Teilhard is a founding member of acclaimed act Sheesham, Lotus and ‘Son, who perform their highly entertaining show throughout Europe and North America. Together they have released 7 albums and have performed thousands of shows. Through excellent musicianship, stage antics, costume and lighting, Sheesham, Lotus and ‘Son have indelibly changed the way people think of old time folk music.

In his youth, Teilhard danced ballet under the tutelage of Tini Pell, cultivating a deep love of movement, both physically and musically.

However, discouraged from following his interest in flatfoot clogging, he pursued, undercover, the dark art of folk dance. He has played for square, contra and folk dances for most of his life, touring the the world over for more than two decades, playing, calling and organizing events, bringing communities together through shared
movement and music.

Teilhard’s latest solo recording, As the Crow Flies, is a collection of traditional music found in the Appalachian highlands. The songs have strong ties to the British Isles while the fiddle tunes draw on ancient Scandinavian and northern Scottish modal settings and tunings,
conjuring a feeling of mystery and drama.

He lives on Wolfe Island in the St. Lawrence River where he makes banjos, teaches old time music and enjoys family life with his partner and their two daughters.