Free March Session Idea! March Madness Rhythm Game

Written by on December 22, 2022

This game is fun for many different settings and can easily be adapted to suit different capabilities! We provide a bracket style tournament game and colorful rhythm flashcards that can be used in groups for a fun challenge or adapted for individual.


  1. Introduce rhythm flash cards and teach reading rhythms as necessary
    • At this time you’ll want to pass out instruments: drums, shakers, etc.
      • We suggest using anything percussive without melodic instruments
    • Demonstrate reading and playing rhythms for the client(s) and have them read rhythms together as a group if applicable
  2. Adapt for group or individual
    • Group: Create teams
      • Have teams choose team names and fill out the bracket (there is a downloadable and printable bracket available below!)
      • Each team should receive different rhythms for each round of the tournament
        • For two teams facing off: Have them read the same rhythm to see who plays it correctly or read two different rhythms until someone gets theirs correct and moves forward in the bracket.
      • Ensure that each team moves up the bracket appropriately until there are only two teams remaining
    • Individual: Explain that the game will be seeing how many rhythms they can read correctly and that will be their final score.
      • In each session, they can try again to see if they can raise their overall score
  3. Winner(s) can earn a prize:
    • Choose a song to sing next in the session
    • Choose the next session experience
    • Have something small they can win such as a piece of candy, a winner’s certificate, etc. depending on what would be appropriate for your client(s)


  • Use Canva or similar image editing program to create your own rhythms or song cards to add variety
  • Try this with telehealth! You can display the rhythm cards via screen sharing

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