Reciting Rhythms and Conducting MUS 110 ScheduleWilliam Wieland
Stand and conduct while counting aloud. Perform slowly and keep a steady tempo. Do not pause, stop or restart.
Online Metronome

Q Quarter Notes and Quarter RestsHelp
B BeatsHelp

e First Eighths — 1 and  2 and ...
E Eighth Notes

c  First Compound — 1 and uh  2 and uh ...
C Compound Meter

d  First Dotted Quarters and Syncopations
D  Dotted Quarters and Syncopations

If you have demonstrated competence with all of the conducting listed
above, you may begin MUS 111 Reciting Rhythms and Conducting.
MUS 110 Grading Rubric
Scorecompetent at
65QB e
75QB eE
80QB eE c
90QB eE cC
95QB eE cC d
100QB eE cC dD
For me, competency means few or no mistakes, e.g. a 4-bar phrase may have one careless mistake. If a performance is of questionable quality, you will perform that level again later in the semester to earn full credit.
Many syllables exist for reciting rhythms, e.g. Kodaly Rhythm Symbols and Names. Read The Kodály Experience by Cyrilla Rowsell for more information.
Ask me about conducting with your left hand.

Finally, consider the terms downbeat and upbeat.
  • 4/4 is down - in - out - up.
  • 3/4 is down - out - up.
  • 2/4 is down - up.