# Ch 3: AP Music Theory: Rhythm, Meter, and Metric Organization

### About This Chapter

Watch video lessons on rhythm and meter and learn the length of notes, time signatures, beat, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP Music Theory course.

## Rhythm, Meter, and Metric Organization - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Once you can recognize the notes, you have to know how fast to play them. In this chapter, you'll learn about the pacing of music, including the notation for different values of notes and the time signatures of a musical score. This chapter is divided into smaller lessons so you can learn about musical rhythm concepts one video at a time. You will listen to and look at tempo, beat, and meter in music. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

• Understand the length of notes on a staff
• Explain the time signature of a piece
• Identify the meter of a piece
• Describe uncommon musical rhythms

VideoObjective
Notating RhythmLook at the ways that musicians and composers notate rhythm.
Rhythm: Quarter Notes, Eighth Notes, Rests, and Other Basic RhythmsLearn these basic types of notes and their value.
Rhythm: Recognizing Syncopation, Dotted Notes, and TiesUnderstand different rhythms and how they're written on the staff.
Tempo: Definition and Uses in Musical FormsExamine the speed or pace of a musical piece and the words used to describe tempo.
Beat and SubdivisionTake a look at the levels of meter within the beat of a piece.
Time Signature in Music: Definition and ExamplesLearn how to recognize time signature and understand what they're noting.
Meters and Time Signatures in Musical FormsExplore the time signatures commonly used in various genres and types of music.
Simple, Compound, and Asymmetrical MetersUnderstand these types of meters, what they sound like, and which types of music employ them.
Triplets and DupletsUnderstand these irrational groupings of beats that don't fit in the normal parameters of subdivisions.
Downbeats and UpbeatsTake a look at these types of rhythms and how they correspond to the beat of a piece.
HemiolaLearn about this rhythmic aberrance in which three beats take the place normally occupied by two.

13 Lessons in Chapter 3: AP Music Theory: Rhythm, Meter, and Metric Organization
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Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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