Echo Playing

A repetitive drum game encourages children to listen and copy the rhythm.

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Judith E. Bevans and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, Volume 2, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase.

Music is an excellent tool for teaching students to follow directions and work on listening skills. Additionally, this activity works to improve auditory processing, short-term memory, and a sense of rhythm. Lessons include The Arts, Social Skills, and English Language Arts.

One or two drums

Hints: Adding words that fit the rhythm pattern (“One, two, buckle my shoe”) can help students who have a weak sense of rhythm. Also, waiting and listening before playing is more difficult than playing a steady beat or rhythm pattern with the teacher. Echo playing can be preceded by echo singing, or hand-over-hand assistance can be used.



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