Once upon a time, there was a music teacher named Catherine who wanted to make music rhythm and note values easier to comprehend for her students. After hand-drawing her 1,274th pie chart, illustrating how a whole note is like a pie, and if you cut it in half, you get 2 halves, and you cut those halves into half, you get 4 quarters, she realized she needed a better way to illustrate note values: something that kids could manipulate, intuitively understand, and once understood, it could grow more complicated to further challenge them. The idea of Toccata Blocks was born, the first rendition was constructed from pieces of wood and vinyl stickers in a garage, and it debuted on an online music education site. After filming, the blocks were promptly boxed up and forgotten. A few years later, our intrepid music teacher started teaching music in a school setting, where a little music studio with a piano was set up so she could teach children during school hours. She unearthed her box of Toccata Blocks, and used them with her students as a way to end a lesson successfully. The kids quickly grasped the musical concepts, and even the very young children were playing with whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, and eighth notes, correctly clapping or singing the rhythms. One day, a classroom teacher noticed these Toccata Blocks, and was so enthusiastic about them that she convinced the music teacher to try to get them manufactured. “Every school and every music student should have these!” she exclaimed. And after asking other teachers, parents, and students about how helpful these blocks could be, our music teacher decided to try to venture into the business world and get these blocks manufactured. And so, an entire adventure began! The Toccata Blocks here are the result of a couple of years of design, trial and error, and stubborn determination. The music teacher is still teaching, using Toccata Blocks every day, and finding new ways to enhance learning of music for all students.