Volume 4, the fifth in The Young Musician’s Series set, was written to introduce students to the basic concepts of time in music.
It begins with a brief definition and consideration of time in music. This is followed by an explanation of beats. Volume 4 then advances into an presentation and description of musical meter, the consistent grouping of beats throughout a song. Details about time signatures – the repetitive organization of beats in a piece of music – comprise the next lesson. An exploration of rhythm follows. Volume 4 then takes a close look at the nature and use of sub-beats (fractional dvisions of a beat). Finally, a consideration of the character and function of syncopation rounds out the material of this volume.
As with all volumes in this series, each lesson in Volume 4 includes a Review of prior lesson data, a statement of current Lesson Goals, intermittent and final Lesson Reviews, a post-lesson Quiz and independent Projects based on the current lesson’s data. There are numerous illustrations and music examples, which are both appealing and a learning aid.