Typing this piece is an act of rhythm. So was clicking on it to read it (thank you!). Every movement we make requires rhythm-based coordination from a designated part of our brain’s core.
Language is rhythm. Play is rhythm. Music is rhythm. When I improve my rhythm, I make other areas of my life easier and more enjoyable.
Music is innately connected to many students’ most challenging subject, math! In fact, I like to say that music is math you can feel.
To teach the most fundamental part of music to yourself or your kids, find the beat. In music we call this the down beat or the one, the first beat in the rhythmic cycle of a piece or song.
Most songs on the radio are in a 4-beat cycle, and so is The Alphabet Song. When you clap along and count, on the down beat, or first beat of each cycle, it will go something like this:
A…….B….... C…….. D
This song has four beats in its rhythmic cycle. There are songs with two beats, three beats, six beats, eight beats and even five and seven beats.
Find the Beat is a fun game to play on your own or with your family. While listening to music, listen for the strongest pulse in the beat. You will notice that it repeats itself regularly.
Count one out loud when you hear that beat. You may tap or clap with your one. Notice how fast the other beats go by in between pulses. Begin to count along with those. Eventually you will find yourself counting to the same number over and over again before you get back to one. That’s the beat … you have found it!