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Easy Rhythm Bingo Calling Cards

Not too long ago I posted a rhythm bingo game for older students with meters such as  3/8 and 9/8. An alert teacher asked me if I had posted a beginner version. Of course I thought so because I  remember playing it. I have to be honest, however. After posing hundreds of files over the years, I can’t remember what I have on the site. As I looked through my website, sure enough, it was not there.  Things came up, and it got lost in the Games That Never Were Finished file.

Objective

  • To review rhythm patterns in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time signatures

Level

  • Cards 1 & 2 have no 8th notes.
  • Cards 3 & 4 have simple patterns using 8th notes.

 Number of Players

  • Two to 8 players, plus the teacher to draw and play the rhythm cards
  • Game may also be played by one student and teacher

Materials

  • Game board and rhythm card printables
  • At least 9 bingo tokens for each player

Directions

  • Print the game boards on card stock.
  • Print the calling cards on perforated 2 x 3.5 business card stock or regular card stock. Separate or cut the cards.
  • Mix the cards up so that the time signatures are mixed evenly.
  • Give each player a Bingo board card and tokens. Students put a token on the “Free” space.
  • The teacher draws a calling card, tells the students which time signature it is, and plays the rhythm.
  • If the student has the rhythm, he covers it with his token.
  • The game proceeds with the teacher drawing cards and playing the rhythms.
  • The first player to cover all the squares on his board is the winner.
  • To play with student and teacher, each player takes turns drawing and tapping the rhythm on the card. If that rhythm is on his card, he covers it with a token.

Why I Like This Game

  • It is a good game to practice rhythmic ear training.

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13 thoughts to “Easy Rhythm Bingo

  • Maria Swingle

    Thanks a lot Susan. This is a wonderful piece of work 🙂

  • Marylee Morton

    Susan, I love your great ideas. Thank you so much! Today I was checking out your post and on the first page of the rhythm cards for more advanced students (2nd card down on the right side), I think the 2-8th notes should be 16ths. Or have I missed something? Thanks once again – I am fairly new to your website.

    • Susan Paradis

      Marylee, yes, you are correct. I did make a mistake on the teacher calling cards. I fixed it and reposted the new PDF file. Maybe teachers who have printed this out already can take a black pen and fix it. Thanks for letting me know!

  • Alice

    Thank you Susan, this is beautiful! 🙂

    • Susan Paradis

      Thank you, Alice!

  • Hannelie Peck

    Hi Susan
    I would love to make use of the last resource you made available “Rhythm Bingo” but I am finding it difficult to download the document. Any suggestions? Thank you for the awesome work you do for music teachers all around the world!

    • Susan Paradis

      Teachers who have updated to Windows 10 and using Window’s Edge as a browser will not be able to download my PDF’s. Instead, try Internet Explorer or Google Chrome.

  • Angela

    Thank you so much for the game. This will be perfect for my up coming group lessons. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jerry Cornish

    This may be just what I need for my 12 year old daughter who is teaching piano lessons to preschoolers.

    Thank you!

  • Joanne

    Susan,
    Thank you for the Rhythm Bingo game. I appreciate your creativity, your artwork and sharing that you provide for teachers. Rhythm Bingo will be a quick and fun game. Your games are always so educational. Thank you !!!

    • Susan Paradis

      Joanne, thank you so much for your encouragement and taking the time to comment!

  • Beth

    Thanks for this great resource! I did not see the calling card file. Did I miss it somehow?

    • Susan Paradis

      I just posted it. Refresh your screen and you should see it!

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