Introduction to Rhythm and Counting

About Introduction to Rhythm and Counting

In this class, we'll study rhythm and how it holds the song together.  We'll use the following time signatures:  4/4, 3/4, and 6/8.  We'll learn how to count whole notes, half notes, and quarter notes, which we'll use for the first 2 time signatures.  Eighth notes and dotted quarter notes will be used with the 6/8 time signature.  (Eighth notes and dotted quarter notes are more tricky in some time signatures, but are easier to understand in 6/8.)

After we talk about the notes values and time signatures, we'll play songs using what we've learned.  Since people will be playing at different levels, I'll include an easier and a more complex version for each time signature.  

If we have time I'll show you some examples of unusual time signatures, such as 5/4 and 7/4!

Class Goals

- Learn note durations
- Practice rhythmic steadiness
- Count in different time signatures
- Apply these principles to songs

Age Range

All Ages Welcome

Skill Level



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Weekly 30-min sessions on Thursdays, at 12 pm ET | 9 am PT | 16:00 UTC.
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See the class schedule below.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT
Introduction to Rhythm and Counting
Beverly Cashin
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT
Introduction to Rhythm and Counting
Beverly Cashin
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT
Introduction to Rhythm and Counting
Beverly Cashin

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Students Say

Heidi S. on December 10, 2020

My first class on the Piano Pass, enjoyed it and found it informative, look forward to attending more classes.

Heidi S. on February 4, 2021

I love this class. I'm pretty good at imitating rhythms when I hear them but I need to learn how to work out a rhythm from a score when I haven't heard the piece played out loud and this class exposes me to lots of rhythms.

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Beverly Cashin

Beverly Cashin

Hello!  I've been playing and teaching for several decades, and I can show you how to have fun with the piano.  If you're a beginner, I can take you right from step one and have you playing familiar songs by the 1st or 2nd lesson.  If you already have some experience, I can add to it.  

I've been playing and studying piano since age 7 (long time).  I began with traditional classical studies, and later added jazz and rock, and chord theory. I earned my degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston in the late 1980's, and began teaching in the early 90's. I perform professionally and compose music for students and others.  

With over 3 decades of varied experie...

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