Time Signature

-tells you how the music is counted in each measure and which note constitutes one beat.

How many beats per measure

Time signature

4

4


which note is counted in the measure, in this case, quarter note is counted per beat.

So the only numbers you will see as the bottom number (the denominator) will correspond to note values:

1 whole note (you’ll never see this in time signature)
2 half note
4 quarter note
8 eighth note
16 sixteenth note

You could continue on with 32, 64, but it does not appear often in music compositionon. The most common bottom numbers are 4, 8 and 16.




3

4


quarter note is counted as beat, and 3 beats are counted per measure.