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Music Fundamentals 2: Rhythm and Meter

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Terry B. Ewell

Catherine Schmidt-Jones

Pub Date: 2013

Publisher: OpenStax CNX

Language: English

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Reviewed by Keith Cozart Steele, Director of Percussion, Earlham College on 5/22/19

This text is a good beginners introduction to terms, concepts and fundamentals of musical rhythm and meter with bonus links to such topics as conducting patterns. The overall layout works well with an understanding that the sections can be used... read more


Reviewed by Judith Ofcarcik, Assistant Professor, Fort Hays State University on 11/29/18

While the book has fairly comprehensive coverage of rhythm and meter, this is never the only topic covered in a class. You will need at least another book to teach any music class. And since most textbooks cover rhythm and meter in addition to... read more


Table of Contents

  • 1. Duration: Note Lengths in Written Music
  • 2. Duration: Rest Length
  • 3. Dots, Ties, and Borrowed Divisions
  • 4. Rhythm
  • 5. Time Signature
  • 6. Introduction to Subdivisions in Simple Meters
  • 7. Simple and Compound Time Signatures
  • 8. Meter in Music
  • 9. Introduction to Subdivisions in Compound Meters
  • 10. Pickup Notes and Measures
  • 11. Tempo

About the Book

This collection is the second of five dealing with the rudiments of music.

About the Contributors


Terry B. Ewell, professor, Department of Music, Towson University Former President, International Double Reed Society

B. M. University of Washington; Bassoon Performance, magna cum lauda

M. A. University of Washington, Music Theory

Ph.D. University of Washington, Music Theory

Terry Ewell is Professor of online instruction and bassoon at Towson University Department of Music. In his 30+ years as a professional musician he has received recognition as a performer, teacher, scholar, and administrator.

Catherine Schmidt-Jones graduated from Rice University in 1985, completing a BA in chemistry, a BA in music and a Master of Music in French horn performance.