Unit C04 – Pulse and Metre

In Unit C04, students will build on their experience of playing in different metres. They should become confident with:

  • playing in 2 crotchets in a bar
  • playing in 3 quavers in a bar
  • playing in 6 quavers in a bar
  • playing and identifying upbeats

They should also develop their confidence at aurally identifying 2, 3, or 4 crotchets in a bar.


  • Ask students to clap a pulse when starting a new piece, emphasising the strong and weak beats. Students could also use body percussion (e.g. clicking fingers, stomping feet etc.), use percussive instruments.
  • Get students to clap along to a piece of music. This could be you playing their piece, or a recording of a piece. Try to link this in to the music they are learning by selecting a work that is in the same metre.
  • Clap pulses in different metres and ask students to identify them by ear. You can extend this by playing pieces in with different time signatures.

Study for Five

  • Pizza Takeaway in the Free Music Pack (Beginner Theory) is a fun game to help students learn about 2, 3, or 4 crotchets a bar.


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Stage C Pulse and Metre Trio

Three worksheets looking at concepts of pulse and metre uncovered in this unit.

  • Upbeats: An introduction to the upbeat in 2, 3, or 4 crotchets per bar
  • Time Signature Quiz 1: 2 crotchets per bar 
  • Time Signature Quiz 2: 3 and 6 quavers per bar.