Audio Library volume 8 “compound meter”

by Françoise Lombard

in the purchase of the volume.

It contains explanations and suggestions for the pedagogical development of each musical track.


This piece consists of short rhythms each of one measure. Each rhythm is played three times, followed by one note value of one measure. Then, during the following 4 measures the students repeat the melody just heard. There are 6 different rhythms.

  • At first, listen to the whole track, step the beats and beat time; indicate the measure also by a change of direction.
  • Step the beats while listening to the rhythm, sing the melody back during the following 4 measures.
  • Then, continue to step the beats, this time, clapping the rhythms during the 4 following measures.
  • Finally, step the beats while listening to the rhythms, then step them (the last two rhythms cannot be stepped because they are too fast, it is more comfortable to clap them).
  • Repeat any or all of these steps until you can write the rhythms on the board.
  • For more advanced students: improvise vocally on the rhythm during the 4 following measures.

    Intermediate level or older children/adolescents.

This material is intended to promote the learning of music through body movement, but it does not constitute a professional “music and movement” training. Therefore, its use does not authorise one to use the title of Dalcroze teacher. However, the experimentation of the Library could inspire and motivate a person to pursue a more advanced training of Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics, with the option of obtaining, after several years of study, professional recognition.

Improvisations : Françoise Lombard
© Les Éditions Adragante, Canada

Recording : Michel Comeau, Northmount Studio, Montreal
Mastering : TrueSound Louis Morneau
Cover photos : David Tucker    © ICDS
Cover photos : Michel Comeau    © Dalcroze Canada
Cover graphic design : Michel Comeau

Each of the pieces in this volume deals with one type of meter at a time. The ternary division expresses a certain quality of roundness and bounce. However, as with the binary meters, the experience of the two-beat meter is very different from that of the three-, four-, or five-beat meter. 

Through working with volumes 7 and 8, the student gains a good grasp of binary and ternary time. The 4th track in which one hears only the beats, allows the student to alternate between these two divisions within the same piece.

The ages indicated are approximate. We have oriented the pedagogical exercises towards a level of understanding from 7 years old upwards. However, each piece can be approached very simply, and developed in a progression towards more complexity. Music in 6/8 – like the first in this volume – lends itself naturally to a swinging or swaying movement for young children. 

The pedagogical meetings on the use of each volume offer the possibility of adapting our pedagogical proposals to the teachers’ context.



This album has been created by highly qualified Dalcroze teachers and practising musicians: FRANÇOISE LOMBARD (Canada) : concept, improvisations, pedagogical guide.

Her colleagues LISA PARKER (USA), CHENG-FENG LIN (Canada) and MARY BRICE (Switzerland) contributed to the realisation of her project through their participation in the educational content.

Recording : Northmount Studio, Montreal

Artistic direction : Michel Comeau

Mastering : Louis Morneau

Production : Stareyes inc. Music and Education

Publishing : © Les Éditions Adragante/SOCAN

© This material is intended exclusively for pedagogical purposes.

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