Lesson Book page 43
- 3/4 time signature
- Feeling the flow in triple meter
- Understanding 3/4 time signature
- Feeling and recognizing a new rhythmic pattern
let's get started
- This couple (point to the picture) is doing a minuet, a graceful, old court dance that's always in 3/4 time.
- While I play some famous minuets, you play dotted half notes on high Gs. Use both hands with braced finger 3s. Feel the three beats. (See video and download duet)
- Let's tap this rhythm (Mm. 1-2):
- Here's how this rhythm pattern looks in the music. Find and circle other patterns like this in the piece.
- On which note does your LH begin? How about your RH? Your hands are ready to dance the minuet!
A 3/4 meter dances!
explore and create
What a Trill!On the last C, your LH can play a short trill. (Demonstrate). Musicians often added a trill decoration to the minuet.
Minuet Rhythms(Write four measures of notes in 3/4 time.) Let's tap these rhythms (or play rhythm instruments). Here are four more measures. Let's tap! Now, you tap rhythm one and I'll tap rhythm two. Feel the beat!
Wigs and Wide Skirts(Describe, or show pictures, of how minuet dancers were dressed and why they moved carefully. Here's a chance to show students how to bow!)
You are a powerful model when you play for—and with—the student!
pp. 30-32 New Time Signature, Counting by Measures
- On page 30, students draw bar lines for 3/4 rhythms and notes to finish incomplete measures.
- On page 31, metric counting (1-2-3) is presented.
- Page 32 includes Eye-Training and Ear-Training. Students identify and listen for 4/4 or 3/4 examples.
p. 18 Lullaby and Goodnight
- What is the time signature? What does it mean?
- Point out three measures that use the dotted half note.
- The LH uses only one note. What is it?
- Let's learn the second line first. Sing, F-up-down, E-up-down, D-down-down, C-2-3. Good! Let's play that three times since we're in 3/4 time!
- Play the entire song. If it sounds slow and gentle like a lullaby, I might fall asleep at the end. (Pretend to fall asleep.)
A minuet provides a natural introduction to 3/4 time. All triple meters contain a sense of flow as well as a leaning on the downbeat. Unless the tempo is quite slow, it's almost a feeling of one-to-the-bar. The minuet is not a familiar dance, but the words and illustration provide some clues.
Feeling the meter is more important than an explanation of it. Since the intention is to convey to the student something of the elegance of the dance, what better way than to use genuine minuets as models?
accompaniments on disk
- CD Tracks 54-55
- MIDI File 27