Basic Materials in Music Theory A Programmed Approach

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  • Edition: 12th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-29
  • Publisher: Pearson

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This classic, self-paced, auto-instructional introduction to music fundamentals allows students to work independently through a programmed format, allowing instructors to concentrate on the more creative aspects of their course. Basic Materials of music: time and sound; notation of pitch; time classification, note and rest values; time signatures; intervals; basic scales; major scales; minor scales; key signatures; triads.

From the wealth of clearly laid-out lessons and exercises, students receive continual feedback and reinforcement as they work through the sequence at their own pace. The result is a more productive and enjoyable teaching and learning experience for all, both in and out of the classroom.

For one-semester, freshman-level courses in Basic Musicianship, Music Fundamentals, or Music Foundations; and for graduate courses in theory review.


-Greater emphasis to align Basic Tonal Music and Harmonic Material in Tonal Music, Parts I and II as a complete series for music theory courses.

-Tracks added to the CD to give a better sense of sounds of scales discussed in chapters.

-New online assessment tool: MyMusicKit

-Refinements in language, vocabulary and definitions throughout the book.

-The accompanying keyboard used to cover up the answers has been printed on heavier stock for ease of use

-Changes/additions to various parts of the appendices and to some of the supplementary assignments.

For music theory students.

Table of Contents

About the Authors

Preface to the Twelfth Edition

Preface to the Sixth Edition

How to use this text


1. The Basic Materials of Music: Time and Sound.

 2. The Notation of Pitch.

 3. Time Classification.

 4. Note and Rest Values.

 5. Time Signatures.

 6. Intervals.

 7. The Basic Scales.

 8. The Major Scales.

 9. The Minor Scales.

10. Key Signatures.

11. Triads.

Appendix A: Music Theory Summary.

Appendix B: Piano Styles.
Appendix C: Orchestration Chart.

Glossary of Musical Terms.

Bibliography for Further Study.


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Understanding Music Theory. July 6, 2011
I found this textbook to be a great beginning text for understanding music theory. It is very easy to follow. It covers all of the basics, with self paced exercises to facilitate the mastery of the concepts presented. One can see how this has become classic. Tried and tested, this will assist all who want basic music theory foundation. I highly recommend this textbook for anyone who wants to learn the basics in music.
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