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Lecture 2 

Rhythm, Meter and Melody

 After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

—Aldous Huxley


Over a five-lecture sequence, we are exploring the elements of music - music broken down into its individual component parts : Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, Texture, Timbre and Form. 

This lecture (Lecture 2) continues to explore rhythm, and its partner, meter, then moves on to melody.


Topics covered:

  • rhythm and meter
  • duple meter
  • triple meter
  • compound meter
  • additive meter
  • characteristics of melody
  • melody and notation



  • learn to distinguish duple from triple meter
  • hearing beat subdivisions
  • hearing melodic features
  • begin to understand musical notation



    • watch lecture 2 (in multiple parts for quicker download)
    • review previous chapters, as necessary
    • read textbook, Chapter 2-3
    • As you are reading your textbook, go through the Listening Exercises in textbook sequence, listening to the examples provided.


    Audio / Video lecture

    • click lecture segments below in sequence
    • presented in several segments to reduce download time
    • total lecture time: approx. one hour 15 minutes (all segments included)


      2.1 Rhythm, Part 2



      2.2 Compound Meter



      2.3 Additive Meter and miscellaneous



      2.4 Characteristics of Melody



      2.5 Melody and Notation