Once students can play along with a metronome, time to add some stops or rests
Quarter Note Rhythm Reading and Rests
Then just it should be fairly easy to play though the Quarter Note Rock Rhythms
Big Moment 1 - They can now play a rock beat and are a rock drummer!
page followed quickly by playing along with the song Seven Nation Army
Big Moment 2- We can now play our first Rock Song!
When playing the patterns from the quarter note rock beat page, as well as using the ride cymbal, I also get students to move the Ride part to be played on the floor tom, then the middle tom, high tom, crash cymbal and finally the closed hi-hats so that they can why it is that we usually play the HH part with our right hand and not our left hand.
When playing along with songs, I prefer to have students use headphones, otherwise you will need to have the song very loud to be able to hear it clearly over the volume of the drums.