TEACHING Piano Adventures®

Pulse is What "Counts"

Rhythm

"Rhythm" comes from the Greek word for "measured flow".

Child playing the piano

Pulse (Flow)

Rhythm

Meter (Measure)

Tempo

Keeping a steady pulse is the fundamental first step.Feel! Flow! Fun!

Teach rhythm patterns …

… but count note values

The student should play at many tempos.At this early level, encourage the student to count the note values aloud. For example, a quarter note is counted as "1" and a half note as "1-2" regardless of position in the measure.

This "unit counting" reinforces the meaning of the note values and does not overwhelm the student with the difficulties of counting the meter aloud while playing (e.g., 1-2-3-4 for every measure).

Yet we still teach meter by counting the time signature while the student plays, by asking the student to count the time signature while the teacher plays, and with written work in the Theory Book and on a white board.

Flow over the bar line

To promote fluent playing and the musicality of meter, eighth notes are not introduced until Level 2A of Piano Adventures.

Thus, you can encourage faster tempos as the student improves on a piece. Some pieces may even take the feel of cut time.