Hierarchy in Rhythmic Structure: Meter, Beat and Duration

For many years, I have been bothered by the usual definition of a time signature. In common time, it is often taught that the top number refers to the number of beats in each measure, and the bottom number refers to the kind of note that gets one beat. So a time signature of four-four … Continue reading Hierarchy in Rhythmic Structure: Meter, Beat and Duration

What is a Convenient Shorthand for Music Notation Within Word Processing Software?

When writing lesson plans, I frequently have wished that I had a way of writing melodies quickly and easily on my computer within my word processing software. After attempting to use available symbols on the computer keyboard to contrive stick notation, and then line up solfege syllables I found all of this too time consuming … Continue reading What is a Convenient Shorthand for Music Notation Within Word Processing Software?