This resource is suitable for AS and A Level Music and Grade 4-5 ABRSM Theory. This is at least a whole lesson worth of content and activities, if not 2. It is fully supported by a 22-slide PowerPoint and 2 worksheets, all with detailed answers.

This resource pack could be used for either revision or content delivery. By the end of the lesson, students should be equipped with the skills, techniques, and experience to convert simple and compound time signatures and be able to fully transcribe a passage of music from one to the other without changing the rhythmic effect. Not only are these skills valuable for potential exam questions, it provides students with an invaluable technique for developing compositions. The suggestion on the work sheet (and PowerPoint) that students should consider rewriting the first section of their composition in compound time (or in simple time if it was originally compound), and using it as part of a ternary structure, is what I have said to my own students because examiners really like to see that. The worksheet and PowerPoint takes students through that process in baby steps and delivers great results.

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  • A-Level-Music-Theory-Lessons---Rhythm--Metre--and-Tempo---Simple-and-Compound-Time---Worksheet-ANSWERS.pdf
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Created: Sep 18, 2018

Updated: Jan 21, 2020


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