Learn about Rhythm


About the Author of The Fundamentals of Music and the Creator of this Website

Dr. Kyle Coughlin has been teaching students of all ages and abilities for over 25 years. In that time he has made a careful study of music pedagogy, and his primary goal is to help students learn music in ways that are effective, efficient, creative, and fun. At the core of Coughlin’s pedagogy is the idea that learning and mastering the fundamentals of music gives students a foundation on which they can build their skills and find their own musical voices.

Coughlin earned both his doctorate and masters degrees in music from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed his bachelors degree at the University of Maryland in College Park. Coughlin’s primary instruments are the clarinet and saxophone, and he also plays flute, recorder, electric bass, and percussion. He is a full-time faculty member at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland, where he is coordinator of jazz, winds, and percussion. He directs the school’s jazz ensemble and teaches private lessons, music fundamentals, and jazz improvisation.

A versatile and prolific performer, Coughlin works frequently with a variety of ensembles. He has performed with the saxophone section of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2004, and he is a member of the band the Junkyard Saints. He has also played numerous shows at the Kennedy Center, Wolftrap, and the Lyric Opera House and Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore. He has performed throughout the United States, as well as France and Italy.

Coughlin has written and published ten other educational books for woodwinds, including the Beginning Clarinet Songbook, Beginning Jazz Studies for winds, and duet arrangements of Christmas songs for winds. He composed and performed the music for two jazz CDs: When Afternoons Return, and In the Shadow of Palms.

Kyle Coughlin’s home web site




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The Fundamentals of Rhythm, book by Kyle Coughlin

Fundamentals of Rhythm book

If you would like all of this information in book format so that you can put it on your music stand and practice it wherever you go, get The Fundamentals of Rhythm, by Kyle Coughlin. The book includes all of the lesson information and practice exercises found on the website.


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