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Rebeaming Rhythms

Helping Students “Feel” the Need for Correct Beaming

Authored by: Gene S. Trantham

The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy

Print publication date:  February  2020
Online publication date:  February  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138585010
eBook ISBN: 9780429505584
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When students study duration and meter, they are often requested to rewrite obscured rhythms so that the beat placement is clearly reflected through correct beaming. As students attempt to rebeam especially in compound meter, they frequently ask, “Why do we need to beam this way?” or “Aren’t 3/4 and 6/8 the same?” How could they “feel” the need for correct beaming? The aim of this chapter is to present how letter groupings in language can be used to help students experience the importance of correct beaming and to give them a process for completing rebeaming exercises.

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