A Comprehensive Approach to Time-Keeping and Rhythm 1

Mondays 8:15-9:15 pm, January 11 - February 15 (6 weeks)

$50 Course Fee

Kevin Willms  klwillms2@gmail.com

You asked for it – here it is! Once again, we are offering this 6-week program, which is appropriate for instrumentalists (concert and jazz) and choristers at all levels. We will approach time-keeping from a physical perspective while simultaneously approaching rhythmic precision on a multi-level basis structured to accommodate your level of experience and comfort with the approach. Materials will be provided. This will be a “hands on”, active experience intended to provide you with the process to continue to develop musically in order to eliminate the “guessimissimos” and “approximaturas” from your performance skills. Topics covered will include understanding a variety of time signatures, relative note values, physical time keeping, subdivision, vocalization of rhythmic concepts, performing rhythms effectively on instruments.

The format will be “Masterclass” based. Participants will be encouraged to demonstrate individually so that positive reinforcement can be offered to each individual to enhance their own understanding and performance, regardless of level of experience. The pace and full scope of topics will be based on the mastery of concepts by participants.

Consider pairing this course with Jane McLauchlin’s pitch-based Music Theory 1 (particularly for those at the Green/Blue/Bronze levels) and/or Technical Development for Brass and Woodwind Players.

Recommended for beginners, novice and even intermediate level musicians


Some testimonials from past participants in Time-Keeping and Rhythm:

“As a new musician, I’ve been focusing my efforts on producing the correct sound but have quickly discovered that playing the right note at the wrong time is not good at all! This class provided a group of exercises (heel tap, verbal, clapping, etc) to help keep time and reduce guessing! Invaluable information and approach!"

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Phone:  403.255.3485

Room 38-B8, 2526 Battleford Avenue SW

Calgary, AB  T3E 7J4


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We acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Îyâxe (Stoney) Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.