Roger Kamien in his book "Music: An Appreciation" defines rhythm as "the particular arrangement of note lengths in a piece of music Rhythm is shaped by meter; it has certain elements such as beat and tempo.
Tempo refers to the speed at which a piece of music is played.
MUSICAL CLOSE-UP: THE ELEMENTS OF MUSIC THE ROOTS OF ROCK, page 12 To fully understand any musical style, one must be able to analyze the various elements of music as they exist in that particular style.
In this first musical close-up, we shall briefly describe these elements of music.
Here are thumbnail descriptions of the previously described key elements of music.
The Elements of Music In today’s world, it may be harder to get away from music than it is to find music.
Melody is the overarching tune created by playing a succession or series of notes, and it is affected by pitch and rhythm.
A composition may have a single melody that runs through once, or there may be multiple melodies arranged in a verse-chorus form, as you'd find in rock 'n' roll.
Pitch may be definite, easily identifiable (as with the piano, where there is a key for each note), or indefinite, meaning pitch is difficult to discern (as with a percussion instrument, such as the cymbals).
Rhythm may be defined as the pattern or placement of sounds in time and beats in music.