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I use ta / titi with my Kindergarten and 1st graders only!! By 3d grade they can ID the notes. Some still say ta/titi now and then, but I stress “eighth note” etc. My district’s scope and sequence of general music skills has kids counting and performing syncopated rhythms by 5th grade. In class with the older kids I stress counting the beats (“what beat is the rest on?”). That’s score study and is very important — do just a little every other class. By time they get to middle school they should be fluently counting music.