About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the AP Music Theory: Rhythm, Meter, and Metric Organization chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Rhythm||Notating rhythm, basic rhythms (such as quarter notes, eighth notes, and rests), syncopation, dotted notes, ties|
|Tuesday||Tempo; Beat and subdivision||Tempo defined, usage of tempo; how beat works|
|Wednesday||Time signature and meter||Time signature, meter, beat and subdivision, types of meter (simple, compound, and asymmetrical)|
|Thursday||Specialized building blocks of music||Triplets, duplets, downbeats, upbeats|
|Friday||Specialized types of rhythm||Hemiola|
1. Rhythm: Quarter Notes, Eighth Notes, Rests & Other Basic Rhythms
Rhythm is an imperative part of music. Knowing the basic rhythms such as quarter notes, eighth notes, and rests will give you a deeper understanding of the music you hear. Learn about these notes and other basic rhythms in this lesson!
2. Rhythm: Recognizing Syncopation, Dotted Notes & Ties
Beyond simple quarter notes and eighth notes, musical rhythm can become confusing. In this lesson, you'll learn how to recognize and define ties, dotted notes and syncopation. You'll also learn two styles where syncopation is often heard and how ties and dotted notes contribute to creating syncopation.
3. Tempo: Definition and Uses in Musical Forms
How does the speed of a song affect our emotions? How can we determine the speed of a song just by looking at it? By learning about tempo, we can find out!
4. Time Signature in Music: Definition and Examples
Time signatures, or meters, are a way to communicate the pulse and feel of a piece of music. Musicians, dancers and listeners alike use them to interpret where the strong and weak beats lie, including their divisions. Find out the specifics of time signature in this lesson.
5. Meters and Time Signatures in Musical Forms
What's the difference between a waltz and a polka? What's a 'mazurka,' and why did Chopin write so many of them? How can time signature imply a type of form? Find the answers to these questions and more in this lesson!
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