Exploring Rate In The Context Of Music

Tap the Beats

Work Time

Tap the Beats

Open the interactive and play one of the sound tracks. Follow the instructions and tap the beat as you listen to the songs.

After listening to a track, discuss these questions with your partner.

  • Is the number of beats per minute constant? How do you know?
  • How are the beats expressed on the double number line?
  • Choose the graph option. How are the beats expressed on the graph?
  • Compare the graph and the double number line. How are they alike? How are they different?
  • Play another track and verify your findings about the questions.

INTERACTIVE: Tap the Beats


Think about what a point on the graph means.