• Michelle Ostrove

Rhythm vs. Beat!

There is a difference between rhythm and the beat in music; it can be confusing. Now, it really doesn’t matter if you play an instrument or not. We are going to simply explain the difference between the two…rhythm vs. beat.

The beat is a steady pulse that you can feel in the song; it is an element of rhythm. It would be the beat you want to tap your foot or clap your hands to the music. The song attached is Josilyn de Martino singing “The Show”. Notice, if you clap along to the song, you would clap every other word or every other piano chord you hear in the song.

The rhythm is music’s pattern in time. It exists even if there is no melody (like big band music). Rhythm has different elements: beat, tempo (how fast or slow) and the time value (time signature) which is found at the beginning of a piece of music : 2 /4 3/4 4/4 etc.

The top number in the time signature is going to tell you what the count is in the song (per measure). So the song attached is 4 /4 which means you will count 1-2-3-4

The bottom number tells you which note gets 1 count. We will go more into that when we discuss note value.


How does a young man become a member of a high school chorus? On the first day of school he turns into the wrong classroom.

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