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2) Video Lesson: YouTube 

3) Online Reading:

4) Interactive Lesson: Name The Time Signature Exercise

Music Theory QuickThink: 

-          Any rhythmic note value can represent the beat (called the "beat-unit") depending on the time signature (Ex. a whole note could be worth 1 beat, a half note could be worth 1 beat, a quarter note could be worth 1 beat, etc.)

-          The bottom number of a simple time signature specifies which note value is worth one beat (representing the beat unit) 1=whole note, 2=half note, 4=quarter note 8=eighth note, 16= 16th note.

-          Simple time signatures have the number 2, 3, or 4 as the top number, and this indicates how many beat units are contain within each full measure.

-          For simple time signatures 2=duple (two beats per measure) 3=triple (three beats per measure) 4=quadruple (4 beats per measure)

-          The numbers 3,5,6,7,9,10,11,12,13,14,15 never appear as the bottom number of a time signature, because they are not associated with our named rhythmic note values

Objective 1.20: Examples in Music: YouTube

Objective 1.20: Identify the simple time signatures of 2/4 , 3/4, 4/4, 2/2, 3/2, 4/2, 2/8, 3/8, 4/8, common time, cut time, etc., and explain what the top and bottom numbers mean