Mr A Music Place – What Are Some Effective Ways to Teach Dotted Rhythms?

March 4, 2016

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In music, there are three kinds of durations: beat elongations, beat divisions, and beat equivalents. The beat being elongated, divided, or equaled is called the tactus; it is the one being tracked as the pulse or “heartbeat” of the music.  Beat elongations are durations longer than the tactus, beat divisions are durations that are shorter than the tactus, and beat equivalents are durations that are equal to the tactus.

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