Poetic Meter & Text-Setting

From Advancing Music Theory
Jump to navigation Jump to search
This lesson is part of the Rhythm, Meter & Form category.


  • Students will be able to analyze a short text for prosodic meter and scansion.
  • Students will be able to set a lyric to music using normative melodic and rhythmic conventions.
  • Students will be able to discuss the scansion of a musical excerpt and how it affects the musical and lyrical aspects of the piece.
  • Students will understand the role of rhyme scheme in a musical work.



On Poetic Meter

Metrical Text-Setting


Class Activities[edit]

  • Discussion and demonstration of scansion, lyric setting.
  • Analysis of a musical excerpt for scansion and rhyme scheme
  • Analysis of a given or student-selected text for scansion, and composition of a rhythm and melody which properly accommodates that scansion


  • Find the scansion of a given lyric (or poem)
  • Setting a given lyric to rhythm and/or melody
  • Analysis of written and recorded music for scansion