MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

Sections meet in-person on Wednesdays (or on zoom, if necessary)
All classes currently meet in Vertical Campus 6-170 👍

Meter III: Psychology and Conducting
We are going back to duple and triple meter, everybody's favorite topic. We'll get kind of scientific about it, and then we'll also look at the standard conducting patterns, which you might want to try.

Assignment #25 will ask you eight questions about the topics on this page.

Assignment #26 will give you six more Baroque tracks to judge. Take your time! Remember that you can pause and restart the assignment later.

Also, don't forget that we have those free practice exercises. Maybe give the Baroque version a fresh spin before you do it.

Perceptual factors that determine meter

Here I try to isolate a few different factors that influence our perception of meter.

The homework will ask you to listen to a few electronic stimuli and identify which factor is being manipulated.

Conducting Patterns

Also, we are going to consider doing the proper conducting patterns with our music. These are very satisfying, in my opinion, and it might enhance your experience of duple and triple meter.

First, I made a video that shows you the pattern for triple meter.

And here's the pattern for four:

One final tip

Practicing tapping or conducting along to our recordings is going to help strengthen your sense of meter. It doesn't really matter if you do the "proper" patterns with plunges and scoops, or just make up your own thing that you like better.

Perhaps the best time to practice is after you know the answer, especially if you got the question wrong. The computer will tell you whether it's duple or triple, and you can spend some time trying to make that pattern fit. Try to get all the way through the track without losing the beat! The more time you spend doing it, the more confident you'll get.

Exercises

Assignment #25 will ask you eight questions about the topics on this page.

Assignment #26 will give you six more Baroque tracks to judge. Take your time! Remember that you can pause and restart the assignment later.

Also, don't forget the Baroque practice exercise.