LHOR in the School

Correlations between Little Hands On Rhythm (LHOR), Learning Modalities and the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum - JK - Junior Elementary

Learning Modalities and LHOR

LHOR is visually stimulating for children because the information is presented in a large scale format that is attractive to young students. The rhythm board and its rhythmic pieces employ colour schemes (orange, green, and blue) to enhance the learning process. Visually, all the elements that would assist the student in understanding time signatures, note and rest values, are available to the student at one time, yet can be introduced incrementally.

LHOR allows the student to explore rhythmic concepts using instruments and/or body percussion and object manipulation. Tapping out a rhythm in tandem with the visual representation further helps to solidify the understanding of the rhythmic components.

LHOR allows the student to experience rhythm through auditory means. The student plays and listens to the rhythms they create on the rhythm board. The auditory component reinforces the visual and kinesthetic experience and further serves to solidify the understanding of how and why rhythmic works.

LHOR is a venue for students to explore and develop their creativity, problem solving, and cooperation skills. It also provides a format for students to learn rhythmic vocabulary.

This unique learning tool is reusable and is contained in a one piece box. The rhythmic pieces are placed conveniently and efficiently in a foam housing that it self is a learning tool.


Overview of Little Hands On Rhythm (LHOR) and the Ministry of Education Curriculum from JK - Junior Elementary.

Fundamental Concepts

The goals for students, as outlined in fundamental concepts, coincide with the capabilities of the learning tool. Below is a list of the criteria that LHOR would be able to assist with.

  • reading simple rhythmic notation
  • interpreting simple visual prompts
  • representing elements with manipulatives
  • playing a musical instrument - percussion
  • listening skills
  • creating and performing

Elements of Music

The learning tool can be used as means to convey the concepts of duration, dynamics, timbre, texture, and form. The following comments describe in detail the rhythmic components contained in the kit that pertain to the curriculum outline, and suggest ways in which the learning tool can be used.

(other components in the LHOR Basic Kit: basic beats, time signatures- 2/4,3/4,4/4, counting numbers- 1,2,3,4, and bar lines.)


Note Values - whole notes, quarter notes, barred eighth notes, half notes, dotted half notes, dotted quarter notes, single eighth notes.

Rest Values - quarter rest, half rest, whole rest.


The performance of rhythms can be used as a means to explore loud(f), soft(p), graduations in volume (crescendo, diminuendo) by implementing these concepts during performance of rhythms.


By using diverse percussion instruments to play their rhythms students hear the different tone qualities of instruments and are  able to identify instruments accordingly. (drums, claves, shakers, bells, tambourines, triangles, etc).


The rhythm board can be used to notate a rhythm that acts as an accompaniment to, or a notated representation of a single melodic line. It can be used to demonstrate the textural component of simple two-part rounds, and canons. The teacher can assign different simple rhythms to different groups. The students can see how texture is achieved as each groups' rhythm is added (layered). This exercise would heighten students listening and concentration skills.


The rhythm board can be used to demonstrate call and response, binary form, simple verse and chorus, ternary form, repeats, and more complex forms consisting of four or more sections. This can be done by creating different sections within the class and conducting the class according to the form. This exercise would enhance the students listening, cooperation, and concentration skills.

Other Uses of LHOR

LHOR shares integrated learning concepts with literacy and mathematics. Using numbers and counting the student's understanding of basic math functions (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication) is reinforced.- The LHOR can be used to explore the rhythmic characteristics of language through the use of poetry, rhyming words, and /or chants spoken or sung over notated rhythms. LHOR can also be used to construct rhythms for bucket drumming and as a music centre for students who need access to physical components for learning.