Have you heard of 4four.io? Although not as common as a musician might think, it will fast become a classroom favorite once you have a chance to explore it! 4four is a website dedicated to all things rhythm! It has a wide variety of tools and trainers that aim to be quick and easy ways for students to practice rhythm concepts. The simple design of each tool makes them great for even beginner music students.
5 Must-Try Tools & Trainers
When you first navigate to the 4four.io website, it is hard to know where to start! There are so many awesome things to look at and try out. New music download Although it was hard to narrow down my favorites, here are the top 5 tools and trainers I plan on introducing to students in my classroom to get them practicing rhythm.
1. Odd One Out
This trainer shows students a 4 beat pattern and also plays a 4 beat pattern for students to hear. The student’s job is to figure out which beat that they see does not match what they hear. I love this trainer because it is a simple twist on many of the rhythm practice activities we do in our classroom already. You could use this as a whole class to warm up or students could practice individually if they have their own devices available.
2. Call and Tap
This trainer requires students to “play back” a rhythm pattern using their device. It is a great practice tool for them to see and hear how their rhythm skills compare. An added bonus is that you can set the accuracy the student must have to continue on. This helps to give students immediate, and somewhat private, feedback for assessing their own skills.
3. Rhythm Dice
There is no longer any need to spend hours making rhythm dice for your classroom! As long as you have one teacher device or several student devices, you can have prep-free rhythm dice to use for any classroom activity!
It is as easy as selecting how many dice you need (1, 2, 3, or 4) along with what rhythms you would like to include.
Another great whole classroom activity is bingo! Rather than using that dusty old rhythm bingo in your closet, you can use the website to identify rhythms by sight, sound or both. Teachers can use the fully customizable menu to pick the note and rest values to include and then share the code for students to join the game.
5. Teacher Tools
Somewhat hidden down at the bottom of the webpage, you can find all of the teacher tools. Once you click the link, you will open up all of the features you can use to truly use 4four to supplement and tailor your rhythm lessons to the students in your classroom as well as track their progress by creating a teacher login.