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What ages / year groups is Rad Rhythm for?

Rad Rhythm has a large range of programmes that are designed for students from years 1 to 7 students (Ages 5-12).

Each programme has the suggested age levels listed. e.g. ages 5-6.

 

How long are the lessons?

Each programme is different as is each lesson within each programme. For the larger programmes you will be best to set aside 45-50mins in your teaching plan to allow for set up and pack down either side of the lesson.

Some videos are shorter than others because sometimes you're left to do a task as a class at the end, meaning the video finishes but the lesson continues on until the teacher wraps up the final class exercise.

Some of the shorter programmes are broken down into 5-10min exercises that all work together to a big performance piece. It's totally up to you how many sections you'd like to teach on one day. Some teachers spread it out over a whole term, others cram it into a couple weeks. You're the boss! ;)

 

Can we run the course over a shorter, or longer time period?

Absolutely!

Every programme is broken down in to sections that allow you to choose how quickly you'd like to move through the programme. Some teachers take 1-2 terms, and others ave a more intensive focus and power through in a couple weeks.

We recommend not spreading it out over more than 1 term wherever possible, as you will start to lose momentum and retention of the material.

 

Can the children share instruments?

For the pieces that require an instrument such as a bucket, drink bottle, pot, paint brush etc it's important each child has their own instrument. The pieces are not designed to have kids sharing instruments, so it will be very obvious that you’re delivering the course wrong. Sorry!

We've done our best to make sure every programme is affordable to run with easy to access items.

 

Where do we get drumsticks from?

We sell the drumsticks for just $10 a pair and would love your support by purchasing from us. Alternatively, if you have a connection with a local music store or are a little more procurement savvy, then we suggest checking out amazon.com or alibaba.com to see if you can get a better deal. Just watch out for import taxes that are often an unexpected surprise. 

 

How much space is required to run Rad Rhythm?

Everything works well within your classroom, but many teachers choose to move the class to their school hall where they can really let loose with the volume.

 

Can we get a sneak peek at the videos?

Sure thing! There are links all over our website where you can sign up for a 7-day FREE TRIAL, which will give you an overview of a bunch of programmes.  

Will any bins or buckets work?

Sort of.....

60-80L sized bins are the perfect size for children of all ages to play on. although small cheap buckets will work, it is not as enjoyable for everyone to have to be continually bending over to play their bucket.

We suggest purchasing something that's at least the hight of your knees (yours, not your students) and making sure the bottom is reasonably thick so it doesn't get broken easily.

Most schools have been able to find what they need very easily from local hardware stores for about $10-15. Be sure to ask for a school discount as many schools have had success getting great discounts doing this.

 

What sort of drumsticks should we get? e.g. sizes, wood type, tips?

It doesn't really matter too much as drumsticks are generally all within a certain size and all the variations are more for getting different tones out of cymbals. But, for playing on a bin it's not going to matter at all.

A 5A or 5B drumstick is a perfect size if you're ordering online and don't get the chance to try the sticks out. 

Remember, You're bound to get a couple broken sticks through the year, so order a couple of extra pairs just in case. ;)

 

What do we do if our video playback is slow?

If you're having issues with slow videos, 99% of the time it will be a problem at your end and not ours. Here are some helpful tips to work through if you're having lagging issues:

  • Check with your IT people to make sure our website and video hosting website are not blocked. (radrhythm.co.nz and Kajabi.com). Your IT person will know your system and security settings, so start with them first.

  • Do you have full strength on your wi-fi from where you were running the program? or are there some dark patches across the school that don't get full strength? If there are dark patches, then your IT person will be able to help solve this issue.

  • Are there other programs open on your computer that are draining the wi-fi? This could be multiple web pages, or other programs that could run in the background e.g dropbox. Shut down or pause such programs so that your computer is able to concentrate it's power on the one program.

Please note: HD videos are automatically shown to viewers when the size of the player and their connection speed can support it. When they can't support the bandwidth, the SD version of the video is displayed. This all happens automatically without any extra effort on your part, but you have control to manually change it on the video player.

 

Do we have to buy workbooks?

No, all teacher workbooks are provided in PDF form for you to print as many copies as you'd like.

 

How do I change the video quality?

To change the quality of the video, simply click the little settings cog on the video player.

 

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