If you’re a music teacher, you’ve probably used rhythm worksheets or flashcards or something similar to teach and practice rhythms. Sometimes you may only want a few pages of rhythms instead of a whole book of rhythms. If that’s the case for you, you may find these short rhythm worksheets to be helpful. Feel free to download and use them.

Most of the worksheets alternate between three lines of rhythm in one meter (usually 2/4) and three lines of rhythm in another meter (usually 3/4). In addition to performing these rhythms as solo lines, you can also divide the class into two or three groups, giving each group their own line of rhythm. When you do that, be sure to assign within the same meter. If you don’t, you might get mixed results (pun intended).

Performing rhythm exercises can become monotonous, but it doesn’t have to be. What ideas do you have for keeping it interesting and fun?

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    • I made them using the worksheet creator that comes with Sibelius. Sibelius chose the rhythms after I gave it the specifications, and then I adjusted the formatting for what I needed. I may be only partly deserving of the love, but I’ll take it anyway.

  • I made one page of rhythms like this using Sight Reading Factory and it took me about 20 minutes to do all the cut and paste to get it onto one sheet! So, yeah. This is a huge upgrade!

  • Thanks Lyle! This will be a great resource! Could you add another level to this and assign a solfege letter (D, R, M, F, S, etc) below each note so that once a rhythm is learned you could then practices pitches all on the same sheet. (The sight singing class I took at SCMC used sheets like that but I don’t know where they came from). And, since you’re such a great composer you could make each line harmonize with the other lines (within the same meter of course). You could then divide your class into groups and have all the group’s sing their lines simultaneously and have some beautiful harmony. What do you think? (I would be willing to pay for something like that)

    • It’s a great idea to add solfege underneath the notes. I actually use a different worksheet for that with only simple rhythms although it’s not set up to harmonize across exercises. I’d be glad to send it to you. You could also experiment by adding your own solfege or having the students write solfege. Send me an email if you’re interested in the solfege worksheets I already have. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Thank you!!! These are wonderful! I cannot wait to try these out. I have been using SRF as well, but my students do not have an actual page to write in rhythms and build skill without a screen.

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