# Ch 2: Meter & Rhythm

Watch meter & rhythm video lessons, and learn about time signatures, tempo, hemiola and more. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

## Meter & Rhythm - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Beat and movement work in tandem to form the foundation of musical pieces. The lessons in this chapter explain how to regulate the flow of a song or musical composition with the use of meter (beat) and rhythm (movement). You'll be introduced to basic and irregular notes, rests, beats, and musical patterns. After watching these lessons, you should be able to:

• Read and write each element of a musical score
• Understand the number of beats each type of note symbolizes
• Recognize the overall structure of piece and its individual parts
• Identify each element within a measure and how they regulate the piece
• Differentiate between simple, compound and asymmetrical meters

LessonObjective
Notating RhythmLearn the correct way for reading, writing and structuring the subdivisions in music, as well as how to interpret the spaces and rests between notes.
Rhythm: Quarter Notes, Eighth Notes, Rests & Other Basic RhythmsUnderstand how to identify simple note and rest durations when reading music.
Rhythm: Recognizing Syncopation, Dotted Notes & TiesAdvance into off-beat note structure with the use of extended notes and values.
Tempo: Definition and Uses in Musical FormsExplore ways to increase or decrease the momentum of a piece by setting the tempo.
Beat and SubdivisionThis lesson discusses recognizing steady, constant beats and when a beat is grouped into smaller, subdivided parts.
Time Signature in Music: Definition and ExamplesIdentify the beats per measure in a piece of music, and what the 3/4, 4/4, 5/8, etc. mean at the beginning of a piece.
Meters and Time Signatures in Musical FormsGrasp the overall flow of music by understanding the poetic beat and modulation of the score.
Simple, Compound, and Asymmetrical MetersLearn the difference between two-beat, triple-pulse, and more complex and irregular rhythms in a measure.
Triplets and DupletsDifferentiate between 2/4 and 3/4 time, as well as multiples of these time signatures.
Downbeats and UpbeatsContrast the stronger impulse beats with unaccented, anticipatory beats that correlate to the upward and downward strokes of a conductor's baton.
HemiolaUnderstand the musical pattern played in one meter that feels like another due to rhythmic notation, sometimes referred to as '2 over 3' or '3 over 4'.

13 Lessons in Chapter 2: Meter & Rhythm
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