What are pulse and rhythm?

Begin with pulse and rhythm

If you are starting to explore music it's helpful to know about pulse and rhythm. They're the foundations to every song.

Pulse is a steady beat like a ticking clock or your heartbeat. It can be measured in time by counting the number of beats per minute (BPM).

Rhythm is the pattern of long and short sounds as you move through the song.

A rhythm is a pattern of sounds of different lengths.

Anna Meredith is a composer and performer. Watch her introduce her body percussion piece Connect It.

This performance is from the Ten Pieces I film.

Young students happy to see Anna Meredith