To accent means to bring attention to the importance of something.
Certain beats are more prominent in rhythmic patterns and are accented.
Musical accent refers to the stress on certain beats within a measure. These accented beats have more intensity and are called strong beats.
Beat-Patterns have different accents and contain strong and weak beats. The 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.
I will utilize primary colors to define beat emphasis in order to bring attention to strong beats and weak beats.