HAYDN: Online Journal of the Haydn Society of North America

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In recent years, hypermeter has emerged as a principal topic of interest for music theorists. Yet despite academic inquiry, the topic of hypermeter remains underutilized in music theory pedagogy. Intertwined with elements like harmony, melody, phrase structure, and motive, hypermeter is an ideal topic for undergraduates learning how to decipher the inner-workings of music. Not only does an exploration of hypermeter encourage close readings on various hierarchical levels but it also invites students to become actively engaged in the music: they listen, they sing, they conduct, and they ultimately decide upon interpretations that feel right.