Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis


School of Music


Music Performance

First Advisor

Daniel Jenkins


Current definitions for rhythmic and metrical terminology generally focus around the movement of pitch. In the world of non-pitched percussion music, these definitions become impractical due to the lack of that one key element, pitch. This study will present clear definitions for terms related to the theories of rhythm and meter as they combine to create phrase rhythm which is not centered on pitch. The terms to be defined include phenomenal, structural, and metrical accents, metrical hierarchy, phrase expansion, metrical consonance and dissonance, hypermeter, asymmetrical meter, metric modulation, and durational rhythm. Past and present scholarship will be used for generating these definitions, while some of the terminology will be taken directly from these sources.

Examples from non-pitched percussion repertoire will be used throughout this study to show how these rhythmic and metrical terms may be implemented into the private studio and rehearsal hall. Finally, this study will conclude with a pedagogical application onto all four movements of William Kraft's "French Suite."