Reading Music Lesson #24: Finding The Beat

This reading music lesson is a supplement to the Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory self-study workbook. While no book is perfect for learning how to read music, this is one of the best available. The concise explanations, brief practice exercises, ear-training CD’s, glossary of music terms, and answer key make it an excellent value. Buy this top-rated self-study course for beginners to advanced musicians and follow along with me.
Best Self-Study Workbook
Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory: A Complete Self-Study Course for All Musicians (Books 1-3 & 2 CDs)
$32.49

The best music theory book for self-study at home available today. Learn how to read and write music in 75 concise lessons you can complete at home. Improve your musical ear with ear-training exercises on 2 included CD's. Test yourself in a review section at the end of each unit. Check your knowledge with the answers in the back of the book.

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How do you find the beat to music?

In the same way that you find the beat of your heart.

If you put your hand on your chest, you will feel a steady pulse.

Now, tap that pulse with the fingers of your other hand on a table.

See you if you can match it steadily.

The Heart of Music

Finding the beat of music is done in the same way.

Play your favorite music and listen deeply for a continuing steady pulse.  This is the “heart” of music.

Now, tap it out with your fingers.  Doing this for very long requires concentration and focus.

If you get distracted, you will notice that you get “off beat” by tapping too slow or too fast instead of matching the beat.

Just keep thinking and practicing this skill until you feel you’ve mastered it without much thought.

If you can talk out loud and still tap a steady beat without a problem, then you’ve got it down.

Games for Practice Finding the Beat

Rhythm in 5: Quick & effective rhythm games for private music lessons (Books for music teachers)
$9.95

25 different rhythm games that can be done in 5 minutes a day. The rhythm activities help students find the beat, learn note values, and meter. A great resource for piano music teachers and homeschooling parents.

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Rhythm Games for Perception and Cognition (Revised Edition)
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Fun music rhythm games and activities following the Dalcroze method with two CD's. A great resource for music teachers and homeschool parents who want to practice finding the beat and learning rhythm through movement.

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Feel It!: Rhythm Games for All, Book & 2 CDs
$22.95

A rhythm game activity book with two CD's that follows the Dalcroze method. This is a great resource for music teachers and homeschool parents who want to teach how to find the beat and learn various rhythms through movement.

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2 thoughts on “Reading Music Lesson #24: Finding The Beat”

  1. Sandra Ann Henry

    In 2/4 time if there is no quarter notes in the measure how do you know where the beat is

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