Exploring Exciting Rhythms Replay

A Waltz!  A March! A Polka!  What is more fun than dancing and counting out such strong rhythms?


  • Best ages guideline: Elementary and middle school
  • Prep: See YouTube videos below and listen to works

Kids do love to count, and everyone, young or old, enjoys the familiar beats of music that has moved humans since time immemorial.

But does all music count out as regularly as 1-2-3 or 1-2-3-4?  Join Professor Carol for some new ways to count, and experience, music, including rhythms in “5’s” or in combinations of 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s. You might be surprised at how much fun it is to try, as well as how natural it all feels, once it gets going.

If you are able to hear even just the opening of the following pieces before our session, please do. But if not, don’t worry: do still join us to explore the endless possibilities of musical rhythm.

Take Five by Dave Brubeck


Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm by Béla Bartók, No. 6 (here you can watch the musical score go by)


And for some real excitement, you might want to watch this prodigious little girl fly through the same piece!


Wedding Chorus from A Life for the Tsar, Mikhail Glinka (a much quieter work—hard to hear even, but we’ll have fun with it)