Mastering the Fundamentals of Music

Mastering the Fundamentals of Music

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This text-and-workbook-in-one is intended for students in pre-theory music classes or courses for non-music majors in community colleges and universities. The book has also been used successfully in advanced placement classes in secondary schools.

The Author's approach to teaching the basics of music provides an active role for students as they learn fundamentals through reading, singing, listening, notating, and creating music. Using a global perspective in choosing musical examples, the author uses a mix of multicultural folk materials and Western "classical" music to illustrate the musical concepts to be learned. There are many assignments for students to complete, working individually or in groups. Each chapter concludes with a list of terms for review, a chapter review worksheet, and suggestions for several creative projects.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 213.1 x 275.1 x 18.3mm | 636.99g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0131218727
  • 9780131218727
  • 2,160,812

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Mastering the Fundamentals of Music presents a hands-on approach to learning the basics of the subject. The book is intended for classes of students with little or no background in the pre-theory level of study. Important features of the book include division of the text into chapters on each of the basic topics for flexible use; a curriculum that reinforces each concept through singing, reading and notating music, and listening to musical examples; an active role for students throughout the text; expressive terms and symbols applied from the beginning level; keyboard diagrams and exercises to enhance understanding; student assignments in composition and conducting; and musical examples chosen from a global perspective.
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Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Review of Terms, Review Worksheet and Chapter Projects).

1. An Introduction to Rhythm.

Beat and Accent. Duple Meter. Triple Meter. Quadruple Meter. Rhythm Notation. Simple Meters.

2. An Introduction to Pitch and the Keyboard.

Pitch and Melody. Pitch Notation. The Keyboard. Notating and Speaking the Names of Accidentals. Melodic Contour.

3. Rhythm II: The Basics Continued.

Rests. Anacrusis (Upbeat). Ties. Dotted Note and Rest Values. Triplet and Borrowed Division. Expression Markings.

4. Major Scales and Keys.

Scales. Major. Key Signatures. Transposition.

5. Minor Scales and Keys.

Minor Scales. Minor Key Signatures. Other Forms of the Minor Scale. Key Relationships.

6. Rhythm III: Advanced Concepts.

Compound Meter. Syncopation. Irregular Rhythmic Organization.

7. Modes and Other Scale Patterns.

Modes (Church Modes). The Pentatonic Scale. The Whole-Tone Scale. The Blues Scale.

8. Intervals.

Interval Size Names: Numerical Identification. Interval Quality Names. Compound Intervals. Intervals Inversion.

9. Triads, Chords, and Beginning Harmony.

Harmony, Chords, and Triads. Harmonizing Melodies.



Classified Index of Music.

General Index.
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