ORMTA Convention 2016

Stephanie and I headed down to Chatham, ON last week to attend our first ORTMA conference.  We drove down in my brothers new Prius.  I must say that I actually stayed with in the speed limit while trying desperately to keep the source energy display in the ECO window!  It is amazing how a visual on energy consumption can alter your driving habits :  ).   Just so you…. know we averaged 3.8 l per 100km!  No one swore at me when I took a 500 metre velocity diminuendo to optimize the recharging of the battery.  It was very cool!!

At the conference we met some wonderful people, made some great connections,  sold copies of Little Hands On Rhythm, attended the gala event, listened to  piano and voice performances from some amazingly talented young performers  and presented a Little Hands On Rhythm PowerPoint Presentation for the first time.

It was a whirlwind trip.    Luckily I had my lovely and talented daughter Stephanie with me to help out. We had a great time and are thankful that we had an opportunity to share this wonderful conference experience together.  Happy trails everyone!


Thank you to all who attended!

The workshop for Little Hands On Rhythm in Orangeville was a wonderful success thanks to Ashley Jonker, our gracious host,  and the attending teachers who were so welcoming.   Workshops are an opportunity for teachers to catch up with their peers,  meet new teachers and share ideas and information.  The workshop consisted of a demonstration of the box contents, how the rhythm board can be used –  to teach note and rest values, time signatures, dividing the beats into measures,  two-handed rhythms, mixed meter, to make up rhythms that can then be applied to pitches and to play rhythm games using the Random Rhythm card set.   Lynne Scott brought information on the Orangeville District Music Festival (www.odmf.ca) that she kindly passed on to the other teachers.

Thank you to those who purchased the fun, new rhythm teaching tool for their young students.  How surprised the kids will be when they open the orange box to reveal  a vast array of rhythm pieces they can use to explore rhythm and make up their own rhythm compositions.

if you are interested in hosting a workshop for Little Hands On Rhythm, please contact me to discuss a date and time.  I would welcome any interest in sharing this magnificent new teaching tool with other educators.  Many thanks!

Teaching Aids for Music(T.A.M.) website  –  teachingaidsformusic.com


T.A.M’s First order from SPAIN!

We  received  our first order from Barcelona, Spain.  We are very  excited to know that our products will be used by students overseas.  We say hello to the students at Escola Vinya del Sastret  from Canada.   We  hope they enjoy their new primer rhythm kit and have hours of fun creating and exploring rhythm!

ORMTA 2016 Conference July 22-23, Chatham, Ontario

T.A.M. will be at the ORMTA conference exhibiting and presenting Little Hands On Rhythm and the Random Rhythm companion card set. This will be our first year attending this wonderful event!  If you are going to the conference, please plan to drop by the workshop to see our new products in action!  For more information on the conference please visit the ORMTA website at http://ormta.org/


Workshop Details

Saturday, July 23, 2016 (Meeting Room 3A&B)

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Making Rhythm Notation Fun Through Tactile Exploration and Games


Students enjoy and retain learning through hands on exploration.  This idea was applied to rhythm notation and the result was Little Hands On Rhythm; a new teaching tool to help teachers convey to their students the concepts of rhythm notation through tactile exploration. We will explore how LHOR is used to teach the following: note and rest values, the time signature and the division of beats to create bars, the difference between beat and rhythm, and introduction to mixed meter, and two handed rhythms.  The demonstration will also include a board game.  The end of the game results in the creation of random rhythms that the student can clap out and apply to an improvised melody on the keyboard.

T.A.M. Workshop for Little Hands On Rhythm

I will be presenting a workshop on ways to use Teaching Aids for Music’s rhythm primer kit to teach rhythm reading to young music students. The rhythm kit is a new teaching tool designed to engage students with its hands-on approach and allow students to explore and create rhythms using a comprehensive array of rhythmic elements.   If you are a music teacher looking for new FUN teaching tools for your students and would like to attend the workshop, please RSVP at info@teachingaidsformusic.com or call the numbers listed on the poster.  I  hope to see you there!