Duration = Beat vs. Rhythm

Bringing Theory to Life:Making music class not so scary to teach Session 4: Lesson 1 TITLE: Duration = Beat vs. Rhythm Learning Goals: I will learn to identify …

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23 thoughts on “Duration = Beat vs. Rhythm

  1. Thank you for this! I never understood the difference until now. 🙂 Will be teaching this to my Grade 1 kid whose homeschooling with me. 🙂

  2. Maybe this a UK thing but Beat is a slightly different thing from Pulse. Here pulse is the steady underlying beat – the beat is like a unit of measure , 4 beats to the bar. If you are a UK teacher it's worth understanding these slight differences. However I loved the poem to clarify the difference and will change Beat to Pulse. Great job and thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Hi. For your contemplation: where does pulse fit into this. The reason I ask is because "beat" has several associations. In the formal music lexicon, "beats per measure" gives us a time signature but "beat" is also used in phrases like "drum beat". "Beat" as used here is meant for letting us know there is a steady pulse over which we can subdivide and create rhythms. Many in the non-formal musical world call these rhythmic patters beats. I would suggest using "pulse' rather than "beat". It is clearer overall. Tempo, as an aside, is a describer of the pulse. I  know that formal music education uses "beat" but I feel this is misleading when we think of what all the applications of "beat" really are.

  4. Excellent! I use much the same terminology and activities, but I like that you put it into a rhyme to begin with. Brilliant. I just say it – beat never changes, etc. But a rhyme is much better!

  5. I am a college student who takes a music class but still found it hard to understand the difference between the two. I searched everywhere looking for a better understanding and each time I ended up getting a confusing answer. I am so happy that I found this video. Thank you for not only teaching your class but also teaching your viewers :-).

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