TAP Machine for Learning to Read Rhythm
Date: September 21, 2011
Does anyone remember a rhythm instruction product called TAP? I believe the company that created it was called Temporal Accuity Products. It consisted of a Tap Master machine, which had a large button for tapping rhythm from a book of examples while listening through headphones to a musical number playing from a cassette tape. If you tapped the correct rhythm, you heard the sound of your rhythm in the headphones as well as the music. The music selections over which one tapped were varied and fun. The rhythm examples went from the very simple to to very complex. I was fortunate to have been hired in the late 1970s and/or early 1980s by the then Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, now Idyllwild Arts Academy, for two summers to oversee a music theory instruction center using the device along with computer based music theory instruction materials. It was effective and a lot of fun.
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