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Music Theory Worksheet - Lesson 6: Basic Rhythm - Note Types and 4/4 Time Signature

Downloadable in pdf format for music students 

 

Lesson 6: Basic Rhythm - Note Types and 4/4 Time Signature Worksheet

This music theory worksheet helps teach basic rhythm concepts.  It introduces the quarter note, half note, and whole note and the 4/4 time signature.  The duration of musical sounds is indicated by different types of notes. These indicate how long or short to hold the note.  Quarter note equals 1 beat.  Half note equals 2 beats.  Whole note equals 4 beats.  Time signatures are placed at the beginning of a piece of music.  They are made up of two numbers.  The top number shows the number of beats per measure.  The bottom number shows what kind of note will get one beat.

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The duration of musical sounds is indicated by different types of notes. These indicate how long or short to hold the note.

   quarter note                               half note                                    whole note
     1 beat                                       2 beats                                         4 beats

 

One whole note equals four quarter notes.
One half note equals two quarter notes.
One whole note equals two half notes.

The following graph shows the mathematical equivalence of each note's duration.

 

 Time signatures are placed at the beginning of a piece of music. They are made up of two numbers.

 

The top number shows the number of beats per measure.
The bottom number shows what kind of note will get one beat.

 

 

In 4/4 time there are four beats in each measure. A quarter note gets one beat.

Download the  Lesson 6: Basic Rhythm - Note Types and 4/4 Time Signature Worksheet.

 

Alternatively, if you wish to purchase books to help teach rhythm, I recommend the following book to introduce rhythm to young children.

101 Rhythm Instrument Activities: for Young Children

The activities in this book bring music into the classroom and offer ways for children to participate in the music experience, using rhythm sticks, sand blocks, bells, shakers, and more. Children make the sound of the ocean waves using shakers, pretend to be a train using sand blocks, create a rainstorm with rhythm sticks and perform circus tricks with jingle bells. Plus, they learn to play the instruments along with their favorite songs.

101 Rhythm Instrument Activities is perfect for parents, early childhood teachers and music teachers who work with toddlers through age six.  Go to 101 Rhythm Instrument Activities: for Young Children.

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