A few years ago I decided to make rhythm the primary focus of summer lessons. Students learned how to dictate rhythms, experiment with creating different sound effects, and as a final project, create an original composition. The video below is a performance clip of one of my piano student’s compositions. His assignment was to compose a piano piece accompanied by a percussion ensemble made up of three “found sounds,” i.e. objects found around the house. He chose objects that created contrasting timbres, typed up the music on Sibelius, a music notation software program, and then led his own rehearsal. This student used hand clapping, metal spoons, and a cardboard box.