1, 2, Let's All Groove (Paperback Book)

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1, 2, Let's All Groove! provides the science and theories behind using rhythm, extensive, easy to integrate activities tied to national educational standards, easy to teach rhythms and rhythm choreography, as well as information on all the field tested instruments you need. In addition, it includes a special section on how you can tune and lock in our own internal metronome and comprehensive resources to give you all your needs for years of rhythm programming.

Though this book is great for music teachers, it is specifically designed for any teacher or facilitator in any classroom situation, wanting to bring more engagement and excitement to learning.

Inside you'll find. . .

  • Exciting, easy to learn rhythm activities tied to national learning standards
  • Information on all the field tested instruments you need
  • Easy to teach rhythms and rhythm choreography
  • Science and theories behind using rhythm
  • Learn to facilitate rhythm jams
  • Learn to read box notation


  • Info on tuning your own internal metronome
  • Links to tons of accompanying on-line video content
  • Comprehensive resources
  • FREE MP3 downloads!

From the Introduction" 
Remember being fully engaged in an activity, feeling excited and eager to learn?
Well, that's being in "the groove!"Ν It's a spirit of enthusiasm and inspiration - one that facilitators and participants share when everyone's totally engaged - it's that groove!

Rhythm grooving is a universal energizer - over all the world, all people, of all ages, respond positively to rhythm. And, rhythm is a positive learning-enhancer that can be used by every teacher, and every kind of facilitator. Rhythm has been scientifically proven to contribute to rich and successful learning environments (see p. 12). If you're a classroom teacher or group facilitator who has tended to shy away from music and/or rhythm for lack of formal training - this book is for you! The engaging, practical and accessible material you'll find here will enable you to embody the energy, excitement and spirited learning of rhythm activities - we guarantee it!

Here's an equation I've tested and proven in facilitating hundreds of school programs to date: Learning energy is inversely related to classroom management energy.

In other words, the more intensely students are engaged in what's being presented, ("learning energy"Ν) the less energy needs to go into managing classroom behavior and focus.

Just this year, I spent six months using rhythm-based learning with children in grades 1 through 8 and continue to verify the fact: rhythm keeps the learning energy high. For sure, at times I had to add management energy to the mix, but even then, rhythm remains a top engager - right up there with magic! And, it can be like magic to see the way rhythm tightly correlates with social, emotional and academic development.

We're enthusiastic about encouraging you to learn and incorporate drumming and rhythm - and about giving you an easy way to do it. At the same time, to be
successful teachers and facilitators, we know we need a smart combination of many
effective tools. Rhythm is one of those tools. We know you'll bring rhythm into the right situation just as you do with every other excellent activity. Rhythm is an
outstanding, proven, and easy-to-use learning enhancer.

It is our desire to see every learner tap into the joy, inspiration and life affirming energy inherent in rhythm.

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1 Reviews

  • Posted by Alisha Ross on 30th Jun 2015


    So much mileage out of this book!

    I bought this book in order to get some fresh ideas on working with children and youth in a variety of populations and settings. I've used it now for a year and am not getting tired of all the activities - and neither are the kids! From the silly Kinesthetic Songs to the rhythm breaks to the jam facilitation ideas, I've gotten so much mileage from the ideas in this book. I love that the first chapter contains a whole slew of valuable research and evidence to back up the benefits of drumming programs. I have utilized this research when writing grants and speaking with potential clients. I also love that the learning standards are listed at the top of each activity; again, really helpful with curriculum planning and convincing skeptical administrations that what we're doing is linked to academic learning! I highly recommend this book to anyone who works with children/youth and wants to expand their horizons in teaching and/or facilitating rhythm- and music-based groups.