Meter Notation

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This lesson is part of the Fundamentals of Twelve-Tone Equal Temperament category.


  • Students will be able to describe and perform a meter from a given time signature.
  • Students will be able to describe the meter of a piece by ear and give a specific time signature.
  • Students will be able to conduct with the appropriate pattern given the time signature of a musical excerpt.
  • Students will be able to notate musical rhythms within different metrical scaffoldings.



Class Activities[edit]

  • Discussion of the classification of meters and symbology of time signatures
  • Matching of heard metrical to written metrical structures
  • Performance of basic identifying rhythms in different meters
  • Meter identification of music from different genres and time periods


  • Matching recorded examples to written meters
  • Meter classification based on identification of beat and division