Meter in 3 & 4 Listening Assessment

At the end of the third grade rhythm unit, we learn that beats are usually grouped in 3’s or 4’s. We sing songs in both 3 and 4, listen and find the strong beats, and “ta” rhythms in both meters.

It can be difficult teaching students how to hear the difference between meter in 3 and meter in 4. I have found it to be easier for students to hear the difference between 3 and 4 than between 2 and 3 (or duple and triple).

Listening Recommendations

Meter in 3

  • Anderson: The Waltzing Cat – YouTube
  • Dvorak: Symphony No. 8, third movement – YouTube
  • Elliott Smith: Waltz #2 (You could listen to just the instrumental introduction) – YouTube
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp minor “Farewell” – YouTube
  • Max Roach: Blues Waltz – YouTube
  • Mogwai: Waltz for Aidan – YouTube
  • Mozart: Minuet and Trio Form Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – YouTube
  • Strauss: The Blue Danube Waltz (start around the 1:30 or 2:00 minute mark) – YouTube
  • Tchaikovsky: Allegro Non Troppe E Molto Maestoso – YouTube
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 – 1st Movement (opening) – YouTube
  • Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, II. Valse – YouTube

Meter in 4

  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #2 In F, BWV 1047 – 1. Allegro – YouTube
  • Bizet: Carmen Suite #1 – The Toreadors – YouTube
  • Haydn: “Surprise” (Symphony no. 94) – YouTube
  • Ibert: Divertissement for Small Orchestra: Parade: Tempo di marcia – YouTube
  • Jack Bradshaw: Red Rambler Rag – YouTube
  • Mouret: Rondeau from Suite de Symphonies – YouTube
  • Mozart: Flute Concerto No.2 in D Major , K.314 – YouTube
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto in E Flat, K. 482; 3rd Movement – YouTube
  • Prokofiev: Love Of Three Oranges – YouTube
  • Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker March – YouTube
  • Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op. 8, “Spring”: Allegro – YouTube

Meter Listening Worksheets / Assessments

(See download at bottom of page.)
  • 3 Meter Listening Assessments (PDF)

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