Lesson 5

Time Signatures

This is the third of three music theory lessons. You may begin this lesson after completing Lesson 4. Music theory lessons should be studied concurrently with technique and registration lessons, and while preparing one of the played assignments.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the time signature in traditional music.
  2. Distinguish between simple meter and compound meter.
  3. Interpret and apply the time signatures of simple and compound meter.

Reading Assignment

Basic Materials in Music Theory

Read chapter 5. As you study, set a goal to internalize each concept thoroughly. Study first, then work the mastery frames and supplementary assignments as needed.