Introduction to Classical Music for Kids: More on Rhythm.

According to Encyclopedia Brittanica "Rhythm, in music, is the placement of sounds in time" or an "ordered alternation of contrasting elements" The word "Rhythm" derived from Greek rhythmos (to flow). Professor Wright from Yale University (whose lectures we are closely following in learning the Foundations of Classical Music), defines rhythm as " an organization of time into compelling patterns of long and short sounds".

The back bone for our lesson today was the "Rhythm: What is It?" Lecture from the Yale Course on Classical Music by Professor Wright. And we complimented it with additional resources and materials aimed at children.

Here is a good demonstration of rhythm and notations from "The Music Show" series. Very visual for young children.

And a good visual demonstration of Note values, duration and time signatures from All-Star Orchestra:

Absolutely incredible visual demonstration of rhythm, showing notation on paper and orchestra playing the given musical excerpts with explanation of dotted notes, ties ad rests. It went perfectly with our core lesson on rhythm today:

We loved how Professor introduced French Composer Maurice Ravel and his 1928 ballet Bolero,as a perfect demonstration of rhythm. We watched and listened to Andre Rieu stunning arrangement of it, while discussing the drum's rhythm pattern, followed by another rhythm by the lower strings ( somewhat of a harmony), followed by wind instruments bringing melody AND their own rhythm, and observing the combination of the rhythms. Three different patterns of long and shorts, beautifully united.

We've concluded our rhythm lesson playing the guessing game -- finding the difference between duple and triple meter in different classical music compositions ( and we had a lot of fun with that!).