Dividing Beats

Feel the Pulse


The Beat Goes On

Sunlight shines on a drum set on an outdoor stage.

Basic beats and rhythms are the foundation for music. Dividing the notes into different patterns helps the music to be interesting for the listener.

Click on the play button to hear a performance of a rhythm.

Notice that the performance had a combination of different note values and durations. Without those differences, the rhythm would get very repetitive and boring.


  • Identify division of note duration
  • Perform rhythmic patterns containing eighth and sixteenth notes

Key Words

  • bar line
  • eighth note
  • measure
  • sixteenth note
  • Takadimi