Rhythm & Pitch
Rhythm is the placement of sounds in a regular or irregular pulse. As different notes are held for different durations, it is important to recognise the effect of the use of different notes on the length of time that a note should be played. This characterises a piece of music in conjunction with the pitch. At an introductory level, we learn how to clap rhythms by counting the beats in every bar. Once students master this system, we introduce other rhythm syllable systems and develop our sense of rhythm using French time names and the Kodaly method to name a few.
The pitch of a note is how high or low a sound is measured. At an early age, students learn to discriminate between higher and lower sounds. Ultimately ear training leads students to identify whether or not they are playing/singing in tune. This is a very important musical skill as it leads to playing a combination of sounds which are more harmonious and pleasant to the ear.