Elements of Music

Elements of Music

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For courses in Music Fundamentals.

Immersed in musical literature, and written by a leader in the field of music theory, this text covers all of the basic topics: music notation; rhythm; scales; intervals; triads; and basic harmonic progressions. It engages students in the process of making music-emphasizing, at every stage, that music is to be heard and made-not merely seen and learned as theoretical concepts in the abstract.
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  • Paperback | 446 pages
  • 215.9 x 276.86 x 27.94mm | 1,088.62g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130343412
  • 9780130343413

Table of contents

1. Pitch.

Staff. Keyboard. Treble Clef. Bass Clef. Great Staff. Supplementary Lesson

2. Rhythm and Meter.

Quarter-, Half-, and Whole-Notes in 4/4 Meter. Eighth-Notes and Sixteenth-Notes. Dots and Ties. Rests. Duple Meter (2/4 and 2/2). Triple Meter (3/4). Compound Meter (6/8). Syncopation. Supplementary Lesson.

3. Major and Minor Scales.

Semitones and Whole Tones. Major Scale (C-Major). Major Scales Other Than C-Major. Major Keys and Key Signatures. Minor Scale (A-Minor). Minor Scales Other Than A-Minor. Minor Keys and Key Signatures. Supplementary Lesson.

4. Intervals.

Interval Size. Seconds and Thirds. Sixths and Sevenths. Fourths and Fifths, Unisons and Octaves. Intervals in a Major Key. Intervals in a Minor Key. Supplementary Lesson.

5. Triads and Seventh Chords.

Triads. Triads in Inversion. Triads in Major Keys. Triads in Minor Keys. Seventh Chords. Supplementary Lesson.

6. Fundamentals of Harmony.

Tonic and Dominant. Expanding Tonic and Dominant. Approaching the Dominant. Phrase and Cadence. Supplementary Lesson.


Over the Rainbow,Harold Arlen. Two Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Volume 1,Johann Sebastian Bach. Two Chorales from the St. Matthew Passion,Johann Sebastian Bach. Two Preludes from Opus 28,Frederic Chopin. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing),Duke Ellington. St. Louis Blues.W.C. Handy. String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 3, Third Movement (minuet),Franz Joseph Haydn. The Entertainer,Scott Joplin. Song,Josephine Lang. Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 11, Second Movement,Fanny Mendelssohn. Piano Sonata in A-Major, K. 331, First Movement, Theme, and Variations 1, 3, and 6,Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. "Dove sono" from The Marriage of Figaro,Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. La Cumparsita,Matos Rodriguez. Two Songs, Franz Schubert. Song, Robert Schumann.
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About Joseph Straus

Joseph N. Straus teaches at Queens College of the City University of New York. He has written extensively on topics in music theory and is a former president of the Society for Music Theory.
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