[Smt-talk] Rhythm notation pedagogy

Paul Beaudoin, PhD paulbeaudoin at charter.net
Sun Sep 26 04:04:04 PDT 2010

I would be interested in seeing how you tackled the problem.
Paul Beaudoin, PhD

---- David Feurzeig <mozojo at gmail.com> wrote: 

Collective Wisdom:

I find that entering students are ever more clueless regarding standard practice for notating rhythm with proper respect to meter. My hunch is that careless computer notation is to blame--including now second-order effects on students who don't necessarily use digital notation tools themselves, but see more and more abominably-notated rhythm in their band arrangements and other parts.

Oddly, I have not seen any standard theory or fundamentals texts that explains standard beaming and grouping both fully and clearly. So I have done so myself, in supplementary materials. Traditional practice is not all that hard to codify, and once codified, not hard to impart. My question is, is anyone familiar with any published text that *does* cover this adequately?

Thanks for any enlightenment.


David Feurzeig
University of Vermont
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