Mind The Gap: Online Music Theory
College Prep Course 

July 13 - August 7

WEEK 2: Measuring Rhythm and Intervals,
Understanding Time Signatures

FOLLOWING THESE LESSONS AND QUIZZES STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO:

  • Assess the dividing of musical time into beat and meter patterns

  • Demonstrate the difference between Simple, Compound, and Asymmetrical Time Signatures

  • Calculate and Determine an Interval in terms of quantity and quality

  • Associate all intervals and their enharmonic equivalents as having a distinct number of semi-tones

VIDEO NO. 1 - Rhythm in Context

Follow-Up Assignments

RHYTHM ASSIGNMENT NO. 1

1)  On a piece of paper (preferably staff paper) add bar lines and beams to the following passage if the time signature were 4/4.

2 - 4)  Repeat the same process for the following time signatures: 6/8, 3/4, and 2/4.

 

NOTE: Some of these will require rests to fill out the final bar.

 

When complete take a picture of the assignment and submit here.

Feedback will be emailed.

RHYTHM ASSIGNMENT NO. 2

Write an eight-bar composition for your own, primary instrument. This composition should include the following:

 

  • A key signature of no more than 3 flats or 3 sharps

  • At least one bar in a simple time signature

  • At least one bar in a compound time signature

  • At least one bar in an asymmetrical time signature

  • A variety of melodic intervals (not all step-wise motion or leaps - variety is the spice of life!)

If you happen to play a chordal instrument (piano, guitar, harp, etc.) feel free to write chords in addition to a melody. Be sure to notate your pitches and rhythms clearly on staff paper.

 

 

Submit a picture of your composition here.

VIDEO NO. 2 - Pitch and Intervals

Follow-Up Quizzes

QUIZ NO. 1

10 questions with a 20 minute time limit regarding the identification of intervals on treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs. 

QUIZ NO. 2

10 questions with a 20 minute time limit regarding the construction of intervals on treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs. 

 

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