Rhythm Kids

A Rhythm Kids drumming class for kindergarten, grades 1 and 2 sings and drums using multi cultural music.

Rhythm Kids with Pakachoag

A Movement, Drumming and Singing Class

Welcome to Rhythm Kids by Music Together® at Pakachoag, an exciting music, movement, and drumming class for children in Kindergarten through Second Grade / K-2 

We loved the class, Julie! You are truly a welcoming presence to all and the music and activities are so fun.

My son said at the end of class, “Wow this was a lot more fun than I expected”. And Sunday night, he said, “What day is tomorrow? I wish it were Friday so we can go to the music class again”! 🙂

Rhythm Kids 2023-2024

Age, Schedule, Location

Ages:  K*-Grade 2.

*Child must be at least five years old and enrolled in kindergarten for this class.


  • Wednesdays.  
  • 4:30 to 5:15 pm
  • One 45-minute class per week for 8-10 weeks*

*The number of weeks is determined by class size.

Location:  Emmanuel Lutheran, Greenwood Street, Worcester

Tuition, Registration

Tuition: $204 First Child | $160 Each Additional Sibling

Registration opens:

  • August for fall session.
  • December 1st for Winter Session.  
  • Late March for Spring Session starting April.

Rhythm Kids Class Supplies

Your Tuition Includes:

  • Rhythm/Song CD and song book, for take home. Three different collections offered annually
  • Access to online video tutorials and play-alongs

Tuition does not include a drum.  Students must have their own hand drum, cardboard box, salad bowl, or djembe for use at home.

Families have the option to purchase a child-size Djembe to be shipped from a trusted vendor.  Cost is approximately $45.  Home-made drums – think cardboard boxes or salad bowls – also work!

More About Rhythm Kids Drumming Class

Why Rhythm Kids?

  • Active
  • Games  & Stories with Animal Rhythms
  • Playful, Creative
  • With Friends

Kids know what they like. Telling silly stories. Playing games. Being in charge.

Designed specifically for Kindergarten and early elementary students, our active Rhythm Kids classes tap into how children this age are wired to learn, with music games, animal rhythm stories, and lots of stomping-flying-climbing fun.

Rhythm Kids is just the thing to get your child to (willingly) put down the iPad and start making music with their friends. By the end of the semester, they’ll be proud to show off what they’ve learned: to you, their friends and teachers.

What to Expect

In each weekly music class, we drum, sing, move, and play to rhythms inspired by musical traditions around the world, from West African Gahu, to Japanese Taiko, to Brazilian Samba, just to name a few.

Students learn to compose, choreograph, and conduct as they play—and play with!—a variety of musical instruments: West African djembe drums, percussion instruments, and, the most important instruments of all, their voices and their bodies. As your child learns to think and create like a musician, they’ll also build musical connections to the global community. Classes include:

  • immersion in the musical language of many cultures
  • playful music games with rules
  • opportunities to lead, balanced with opportunities to collaborate
  • deep exposure to complex, fun, and rockin’ music
  • many chances to solo, improvise, and work in ensembles
  • rich, creative experimentation and expression, improvisation, and innovation

With or Without Parent?

Parent attendance and participation during class is welcome but optional.  If choosing not to attend class or if you need to supervise a sibling, a space is available for waiting/home-work during class time.

If not attending, please be sure to be available as soon as class is dismissed.  Please review our group program policies before registering.

Julie is fantastic, as always, and Magdalena is thrilled with the class! It’s the best thing I could have signed her up for. As soon as the first class ended, she asked disappointedly, “Is it over?” And last week at the end of class she asked, “Can we do this again tomorrow?”

Best, Gabrielle (Spring 2019)

Music Learning Support All Learning ®

Whether as a stand-alone music class or as a companion to private lessons, Rhythm Kids helps children develop the facility, repertoire, mastery, and creativity to be confident music students and music-makers throughout their lives. Plus, kids gain valuable skills they’ll take with them to the elementary school classroom (and beyond!). The music and movement activities support growth in several key developmental areas and naturally motivate kids to focus and engage.

Rhythm Kids music, activities, and games support:


  • Rhythm and tonal competence
  • Composing, conducting, & choreographing
  • Independent singing
  • Confidence in movement
  • Creative musical expression


  • Leadership and social skills
  • Executive functions
  • Emerging math skills
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Cultural exposure & appreciation

About The Teacher

Julie Holston is our Rhythm Kids teacher.  Julie, who has been teaching Music Together for over 15 years completed a special RK training program with MT National in New Jersey during February 2016.

Learn more about early childhood learning by visiting Music Together national’s blog.