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There are three main approaches to learning music and developing your musical skills on any instrument. All three of themare intrinsically related and work best in conjunction with one another.
First one is through ear — which is by listening and learning to replicate what you hear (from internal or external sources) on your instrument.
Second is by developing your technique and creating new neural pathways that make your playing more automatic. This is achieved through continuous practice and repetition, and it allows you to thankless about your playing and focus more on the music, its dynamics, and how you sound.
Third approach is through understanding music and how it works. This is done through the study of music theory. Music theory’s simply a study of what sounds good and why. Guided by your intuitive feelings, it is a powerful tool for expressing all your emotions and creativity through music.
Music theory serves as a guide to the beautiful music that you can make. It brings you the power of understanding and opens to door to having more freedom in your playing.
In this easy to follow book you will learn all the most important music theory concepts that will give you exactly that – the power of understanding.
Music Theory and Composition: A Practical Approach presents a pragmatic, accessible approach to music theory through an emphasis on melody and counterpoint.
This focus explains the “why” of musical construction more clearly than the traditional approach of beginning with chords. By starting with a single melodic line and gradually adding voices in counterpoint,
The book drills part-writing while simultaneously explaining functionality, first with scale degrees and then with harmony.
The text has students learn musical techniques and progressively build on their functions and importance to create their own compositions.
With short, digestible chapters, Music Theory and Composition clearly presents otherwise complicated ideas not as strict rules, but as artistic ideals, encouraging the interactive creation of new compositions as a tool for learning.
The textbook is versatile and easily customizable, suiting
Different skill levels with species counterpoint providing a framework for the beginner while providing an interesting challenge for more experienced students
Different curricular schedules with complete exercises in two, three, and four voices, allowing for an optional skip from two voices to four
Different pedagogical approaches with species exercises encouraging students to consider harmonic choices and figured bass ensuring functional progressions
complete curriculum for first-year theory courses
over 500 musical examples drawn from Common Practice Era compositions as well as more contemporary and popular pieces
focus on active composition throughout the text and workbook sections
large pop music section to expand student’s application of theory
conversational tone to encourage student engagement
This practical, easy-to-use, self-study course is perfect for pianists, guitarists, instrumentalists, vocalists, songwriters, arrangers and composers, and includes ear training CDs to help develop your musical ear.
In this all-in-one theory course, you will learn the essentials of music through 75 concise lessons, practice your music reading and writing skills in the exercises,
Improve your listening skills with the enclosed ear training CDs, and test your knowledge with a review that completes each of the 18 units.
Answers are included in the back of the book for all exercises, ear training and review.
In-depth preparation for the AP Music Theory exam features:
Two full-length practice tests (including aural and non-aural sections and free-response)
All questions answered and explained
Helpful strategies for test-taking success, including all seven free-response questions
In-depth review chapters covering course content, including music fundamentals, harmonic organization, harmonic progression, melodic composition and dictation, harmonic dictation, visual score analysis, and much more
The downloadable audio provides aural skill development prompts for both practice tests’ aural sections, as well as material that complements exercises and examples in the subject review chapters.
Nancy Fuller Scoggin has taught instrumental music and AP Music Theory for 44 years, the last 39 years in Joshua, Texas. She is retired from band directing but continues to teach AP Music Theory at Joshua High School.
Ms. Scoggin was born in Utica, New York, raised in Bradenton, Florida, and graduated with her music degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
After teaching in Natchez, Mississippi for six years she moved to Texas to pursue her masters degree at the University of North Texas and began teaching in the small town of Joshua, located just south of the Fort Worth/Dallas metroplex area.
She began teaching AP Music Theory in 1997 and soon became a consultant for the College Board. She is now a frequent consultant and instructor at AP summer institutes and workshops throughout the United States.
She has also enjoyed being an AP Reader and finds the experience a great opportunity to meet with other AP music theory teachers from high schools and colleges around the country and share stories, insights and strategies.
She also enjoys volunteering at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, attending local opera and symphony performances, traveling, gardening, and playing with her four-legged family.
This best-selling text gives music majors and minors a solid foundation in the theory of music. It strengthens their musical intuition, builds technical skills, and helps them gain interpretive insights.
The goal of the text is to instruct readers on the practical application of knowledge. The analytical techniques presented are carefully designed to be clear, uncomplicated, and readily applicable to any repertoire.
The two-volume format ensures exhaustive coverage and maximum support for students and faculty alike. Volume I serves as a general introduction to music theory while .
Volume II offers a survey of the theoretical underpinnings of musical styles and forms from Gregorian Chant through the present day.
The supplemental instructor’s materials provide clear-cut solutions to assignment materials. Music in Theory and Practice is a well-rounded textbook that integrates the various components of musical structure and makes them accessible to students at the undergraduate level.
Bruce Benward has been widely regarded as one of the most gifted music theory pedagogues since his textbooks first appeared in the 1960s,
And has exerted a wide influence on the teaching of music theory both through his writings and through the generation of teachers that he taught. He recently retired from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.