Ch 2: Rhythm & Metric Organization: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Rhythm and Metric Organization unit of this AP Music Theory Homeschool Curriculum course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about musical rhythm and meter. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our AP Music Theory Homeschool Curriculum course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about rhythm and metric organization. There is no faster or easier way to learn about musical rhythm and meter. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about quarter and eighth notes, syncopation, tempo and time signatures.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a music curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a Rhythm and Metric Organization unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Rhythm and Metric Organization Unit Objectives:

  • Distinguish between quarter and eighth notes.
  • Understand how dotted notes and ties enhance syncopation.
  • Explore how musical tempo influences our feelings.
  • Learn how meters or time signatures convey musical feeling and pulse.
  • Explore the relationship between musical forms and time signature.

5 Lessons in Chapter 2: Rhythm & Metric Organization: Homeschool Curriculum
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Rhythm: Quarter Notes, Eighth Notes, Rests & Other Basic Rhythms

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!

Rhythm: Recognizing Syncopation, Dotted Notes & Ties

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.

Tempo: Definition and Uses in Musical Forms

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!

Time Signature in Music: Definition and Examples

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.

Meters and Time Signatures in Musical Forms

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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