When teaching to read traditional music notation, We highly recommend separating the elements. Pitch can be taught separately from rhythm. By teaching rhythm using stick notation, our students can focus on a single element without overwhelm.
Rhythm Using Stick Notation
Stick notation is taking traditional notes and removing the note-head.
The note-head is the round dot at the bottom of the stick. The dot is placed on the 5 lines of the staff and depending on where it is, tells us which pitch to play. By removing the note-head, we focus only on the rhythm.
Add Other Learning Modes
The use of hand movements, words and sounds enable us to get the music in our body, mind, eye and ear.