The effects of beat-based learning can be researched using a number of different approaches - from the highly technical MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanning of brain processes, to purely anecdotal reports of teachers.
We started out in 2016 working from a report of head teachers, called The Key Report.
Primary Head Teachers were asked to discuss the many challenges facing schools as they attempt to achieve ever higher results from shrinking budgets and time. Their major concern in 2016 was that 1/3 of children arrived in Reception ill-prepared for learning. Their greatest concerns were over delayed speech, lack of social skills and lower standards of literacy and numeracy. All of these issues have been successfully addressed through rhythm games, so - if you share their worries - take a look at our list of benefits below and delve deeper into the research reports.
Report 1 Rhythm raises school standards – UK and USA research evidence + our own data & how to replicate in your school.
Report 2 Rhythm for attention, concentration and number work – technical information on brain pathways & entrainment.
Report 3 Rhythm for speech, language & literacy – includes further detail on brain pathways plus a lot more about dyslexia.
Report 4 Rhythm for co-ordination & movement control, including music therapy.
Report 5 Rhythmic Learning – engagement of whole families.
Report 6 Rhythmic Learning – extra considerations for music teachers.
Daily Telegraph article.
High/Scope Educational Research Foundation Timing in child development - see how brain timing plays an important part in child development.
The list below is set out in chronological order, so you will begin with the first activity and see the benefits. Each new section shows increasing levels of demand, right into the most advanced at Levels 3 and 4.
Silence is Golden, or so says the old 60s song, and rightly so. Silence is a precious commodity today, increasingly threatened by ‘junk sound’. In homes and work places the ring and ding of phones and internet connections layer over TV, computer games, domestic machines and more. Our first benefit is simply to find silence and the peace that can bring.
There is a considerable gap in time between the pre-school parental questionnaire about hearing and the school hearing test in the autumn of Reception year. Also it is really hard to identify & solve a problem in Reception (no silence there!). It’s much better to use our simple game for testing at home or at Nursery/ Pre-school at the age of 3.
A clear Metro Gnome sound over the sound system, or from a real metronome, cuts through other junk sound. It catches the ears of an entire group and – with training – they all jump to attention together … a huge boon for adult ‘leaders’ at home or in school.
It is one thing to engage attention initially, quite another to keep that going into a true concentration. This is where the Pulse & Entrainment work comes into its own. A whole class can be moved forward, concentrating & memorising together.
A further element, to help achieve a cohesive group, is through movement. Walk, slide feet, hop, jog, skip (Level 3), really run L4) and add ball skills too.
Pulse-based activities involve speaking numbers in time with the beat. This builds strong confident counting, plus visual/spatial understanding of e.g. odds & evens, patterns forward and in reverse
Upon arrival in Reception the focus is usually on letter sounds & phonics. But for speech and language development, syllable knowledge is hugely important and should commence well before a child is 4 years old. Our Rhythm games provide adults and children with analytical tools, so they fully grasp these concepts.
PS It is not uncommon for adults and teenagers to be unable to identify syllables!
Working with rhyming syllables is a natural progression after the word sound games. But it isn’t only about matching sounds, they must come on the right beat too!