Musical accent refers to the stress on certain beats within a measure. These accented beats have more intensity and are called strong beats.

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Beat-Patterns have different accents and contain strongand weak beatsThe most common beat-patterns have evolved from centuries of dance-beat patterns as well as from rhythmic patterns in poetry structures.

When placing your foot down to begin a dance step, it creates a strong first beat. The first beat of a measure receives a strongest accent and is called the Down-Beat.

Conductors outline beat patterns with their baton in order to lead the orchestra. The first beat of the measure is gestured with a down motion. This is similar to putting the foot down on the first beat of dance patterns, and why the first beat is called the Down-Beat.

Learning different conducting patterns helps you learn how to “get the feel” of beat-patterns.

As your Quest Maestro, I will be teaching you the baton motions that conductors use to communicate beat-patterns and their emphases to the orchestra.

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I will utilize primary colors to define beat emphasis in order to bring attention to strong beats and weak beats.

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