Here is a Garage Band project by one of my students. We took a song and changed it from major to minor and then made a background for it.
The most important part of rhythm is to have the student feel the beat as a part of them, and then use that to play the song. I always tell my students they have rhythm or else the would not be able to walk without tripping or chew without biting their tongues. The trick is to get them to tap into this normally unconscious rhythm sense, make it conscious, and then apply it to a song.
My students are beginning to prepare for the upcoming Spring recital and their pieces need to be memorized. I am using the "real" and best way to memorize music so that they won't get that brain freeze in the middle of their pieces. The "real" way to memorize a piece so that you will never ever forget it is to be able to take a blank piece of staff paper and write the entire piece out from memory.
Well Ellie and I are starting to share some performance stories as we get our students ready for recital. Here one of my own stories. I am in 7th or 8th grade and already have been doing accompanying for church and school choirs. My older brother asked me to accompany him for a vocal solo in state contest. I said "sure!" And here is what happened.