One of the classes I was really excited about this year was Together in Rhythm. First, I love rhythm activities and second I wanted to do a drum circle on our second day where students can invite their friends and have pure rhythm fun.
The first day we did a lot of games and activities with rhythm notation.
We started out with a Rhythm "Treasure" Hunt where students went around to different "islands" and created a rhythm ostinato representing that island. At the end of the hunt they performed their 9 island ostinato for the rest of the class which earned them the chance to find the treasure.
The second day we had a drum circle and played a lot of games and activities in the drum circle. Some favorites were Rumble Ball, Echo Me (on the big drum), Forbidden Rhythm and Rhythm Detective. Students even made their own drum called the Domroo which was great for doing a rhythm wave activity.