WEFOUNDPiano Rhythm Cards

I grew up with a teacher who used numeric rhythm counting. And as you know, we are mostly likely to teach the same way we were taught and/or the same way we learn, so I have always insisted that my students count 1-2-3-4 or 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & religiously.

But if you have taught many beginners, you know that numeric rhythm counting doesn’t make much sense to young students. You can see their bewilderment when you try to get them to transition from this way of counting:

If you are lucky enough to have an articulate student, they may have even asked, “Why do I say 2 or 3 or 4 under these quarter notes when they only gets 1 beat?”