Classical Rhythm Patterns – Classical Period Music: Classical Period Composers

Practice new rhythm patterns and introduce famous composers simultaneously with this easy-to-use classical rhythm patterns graphic organizer. This interactive presentation lets students see and hear rhythm patterns from well known composers of the Classical Period in Western Art Music History.


Use this presentation in any band, choir, orchestra, or general music classroom to practice sight-reading rhythms, identify rhythm patterns in major works, and listen to rhythm patterns from composers of the Classical Period in Western Art Music.


⚠️ Available in Google Slides & PowerPoint ⚠️

✅ Download the preview to see each rhythm pattern included ✅



► Easy-to-Navigate Menu

  • clickable links make it fast and easy

► 19 Rhythm Patterns

  • rhythms range in complexity from half notes to sixteenths and dotted notes

► Composers and Pieces

  • Christoph Gluck: March from Alceste
  • CPE Bach: Polonaise in g minor
  • Maria Teresa Agnesi Pinottini: Sonata for Full Organ
  • Franz Joseph Haydn: “Surprise Symphony”
  • Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet in E Major
  • Marianna Martines: Symphony in C
  • José Maurício Nunes Garcia: Peca Para Piano
  • Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Overture to L’Amant Anonyme
  • Muzio Clementi: Sonatina Op 36, No 1
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven: 7th Symphony: 2nd Mvt.
  • Franz Schubert: Serenade

► Additional Items (Excel File)

  • Directions
  • Ideas for Use
  • Google Slides Link

Ideas for Use

  • Use this presentation with your band, choir, or orchestra classes. Choose one rhythm to focus on each session.
  • You can have students sight-read the rhythm, then play the audio to see if they were correct
  • Cover the time stamps and see if they can identify when or how often the rhythm occurs in the piece
  • Have students choose a composer to focus on each week; students can bring in additional facts about that composer or a playlist that they found of their works
  • Have band/orchestra students perform the rhythm on a specific note or using a specific articulation
  • Use this presentation with general music classes each day to go over specific rhythms
  • Have students sight-read the rhythm, then click the audio icon to see if they were correct
  • Have students identify known rhythms, then explore new rhythms together as a class
  • Cover the time stamps and see if students can identify when or how many times the rhythm occurs in the music
  • Use this presentation in conjunction with the Music History Quick Guides to delve deeper into each composer’s music


Why Your Students and You Will Love This Resource

  • With easy-to-read icons and clickable menu links, this resource is a breeze to navigate for both you and your students
  • Students will both see and hear the rhythm patterns in action
  • It’s so easy to navigate that you can use it for individual/whole-group or in-person/distance learning instruction


⚠️ Important ⚠️


The PowerPoint must be in presentation mode for the audio and video clips to work.


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