Rhythm exercises

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This page is about creating a specific type of exercise. If you are preparing your own exercise, we recommend you read Setup basics first.

SmartMusic’s assessment feature evaluates rhythmic accuracy as well as pitch where applicable. SmartMusic accepts and assesses a number of non-pitched sources, including clapping and certain unpitched percussion instruments. Rhythm exercises can also be designed for vocal input, with the student singing one or two pitches instead of a melody.

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Visual assessments of two performances of a pre-made rhythm exercise in Classic SmartMusic. These exercises include the option to clap, as in the first submission, or to sing, as in the second one.
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A two-part rhythm in the style of a Hindemith exercise, from the middle of the third semester, Schulich School of Music, McGill University. The assignment does not use computer assessment because it is in two voices.

Pre-made exercises

SmartMusic’s library includes a collection of free rhythm exercises that can be clapped, or sung on two notes. Use Find Music in SmartMusic’s navigation bar or dashboard to view the exercises.


Creating your own rhythm exercises is similar to creating melody exercises. A standard notation for unpitched percussion can be used, such as placing notes on any line or space of a staff with a percussion clef. To have your students clap the rhythm, select the SmartMusic instrument called “Clap” when exporting/importing your notation file.

SmartMusic is good at tracking voice. Some students may have an easier time using assessment if they have the option of singing a rhythm exercise on one or two notes. More than one option can be built in using the bundling parts technique.

Two-part rhythm

Computer assessment is not possible for two-part rhythms, but this sort of exercise can be created without assessment in Classic SmartMusic, as described in the Multipart exercises article. When assessment is not used, there is no need to carefully select a particular SmartMusic instrument such as “Clap.” The software records any combination of clapping, singing, or speaking, and assessment must be done by the instructor.

Additional examples

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