MusicGoals Rhythm Terms


There are four activities in MusicGoals Rhythm: Play Along, Repeat After, Reading, and Dictation. These activities work together to provide the means to master rhythm notation, reading, memorization, performance, and dictation.


A course is a pre-planned curriculum that leads from beginner to more advanced drills. There are two sets of numbered courses, Rhythm Courses and Expanded Courses. Expanded Courses offer additional shorter drills for beginners who need more practice.


A drill is one rhythm example. It is the basic building block of all MusicGoals activities.


An objective is a sequenced group of drills in one activity, for example, Play Along 2/4 Step 1. An objective represents a level of difficulty based on a time signature, a set of rhythmic patterns, and a type of activity.


The selected routine determines how MusicGoals advances when drills are completed. There are three routines: 1) Rhythm Courses, 2) Expanded Courses, 3) Self Directed Routine. To select a routine, click Main Menu - Routine.

You may switch routines at any time without affecting your progress.  see also Pick Routine, Course Lists


A step is a set of rhythmic patterns. It uses one time signature and a limited set of rhythmic values. A step within one time signature uses the same material in each of the four activities. It is important to complete all four activities of the same step and time signature to really master the material that the step represents,

Please note that the level of difficulty for a step is determined by its' set of rhythmic patterns and not the group of included note values. The level of difficulty for random drills generated in practice mode is more consistent than random drills created in custom mode. This is because random drills in practice mode use rhythmic patterns while custom mode uses rhythmic values.

see also Note Values, Time Signatures, and the Glossary for music theory