Reading Music: Rhythm Training
What you'll learn
- How to read and play rhythms
- Distinguish beat from rhythm
- Discover if you are playing rhythms correctly with instant feedback from "Smart Music" software
- Learn both "Unit" counting and "Metric" counting
- Practice hearing rhythms and writing them down
- Get tips for playing various rhythm patterns
- Be able to read, play, and write multiples and subdivisions of the beat
- Be able to read, play, and write dotted notes, rests, triplets, ties, and more
- No previous musical knowledge is needed.
- Smart Music software (a free download) to complete the rhythm assessments and get instant feedback on your rhythm performance
- A piano (or other instrument) is helpful but NOT necessary - you can clap the rhythms if you don't own one.
- Some type of basic music notation software will be needed to complete the rhythm writing assignments. I recommend MuseScore which is a free open source music notation software. Or you can just use paper and pencil.
Why a course about rhythm?
In my 30 years of experience as a music teacher I have found that more people struggle with reading rhythm than reading pitch.
Many courses only teach the letter names of the notes. Knowing the letter names of the notes is useless information if you don't know how long each note should be played for.
Isolating rhythm from pitch lets you focus your attention on mastering rhythm which is the most fundamental element of music. Once you have a solid foundation in rhythm, learning the other elements of music will be much easier and quicker.
Music is a type of language and so in this course we will learn the same way a child learns a language.
First, they learn to speak by hearing others and imitating
Then they learn to read the language
And finally, they learn to write the language
Each section includes:
Learning a new concept.
Practicing the new concept through, imitating, reading, and writing.
An assessment in Smart Music where you will get instant feed back on your performance of various rhythms.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone wanting to learn how to read, play, and notate rhythms
- Beginning musicians
- Musicians who never "really" learned how to read rhythm
- Musicians who want to brush up on their rhythm reading
Jonathan Peters is an award-winning composer currently residing in the beautiful state of Colorado. Since 1990 he has worked as a composer, conductor, arranger, recording artist, educator and author. He holds a B.A. in liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College and continued his graduate work towards a M.M. in music composition at California State University Northridge, which included areas of study in advanced composition, theory, orchestration, and film scoring.
Peters’ music has been featured multiple times on NPR’s Peabody award-winning show Performance Today. His works have been performed by orchestras throughout the United States, and have also been performed internationally. He has won multiple awards and recognitions, such as 1st place in the 1996 Composers Today Contest. His 50 plus works include 2 full length operas, a symphony, orchestral works, chamber music, choral pieces, and works for solo piano.
Mr. Peters is the author of the Scholastic Music Series, a collection of educational CDs that use music as a tool to teach various academic subjects. His CD, The Constellations - A Guide to the Orchestra, received the highest starred review from School Library Journal and is carried in libraries throughout the country.
He is also the author of nine books, including six academic books on music and three children’s books with downloadable music. Besides teaching piano privately, he also gives on-line instruction in music theory, music composition, four-part writing, counterpoint, and orchestration. His on-line courses have been taken by tens of thousands of students from over a hundred countries.