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Music Fundamentals
A Balanced Approach





ISBN 9781138654419
Published October 13, 2017 by Routledge
512 Pages

 
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Book Description

Music Fundamentals: A Balanced Approach, Third Edition combines a textbook and integrated workbook with an interactive website for those who want to learn the basics of reading music. Intended for students with little or no prior knowledge of music theory, it offers a patient approach to understanding and mastering the building blocks of musical practice and structure. Musical examples range from Elvis Presley songs to Filipino ballads to Beethoven symphonies, offering a balanced mixture of global, classical, and popular music.

The new edition includes:

  • Additional vocabulary features and review exercises
  • Additional musical selections and 1-, 2-, or 3-hand rhythmic exercises
  • The addition of guitar tablature

  • A revised text design that more clearly designates the different types of exercises and makes the Workbook pages easier to write on

  • An improved companion website with added mobile functionality

The author’s balanced approach to beginning music theory engages student interest while demonstrating how music theory concepts apply not only to the Western classical canon but also to popular and world music. With the beginner student in mind, Music Fundamentals: A Balanced Approach, Third Edition is a comprehensive text for understanding the foundations of music theory.

Table of Contents

Module 1 - Basics of Pitch

Module 2 - Basics of Rhythm

Module 3 - Basics of Rhythm: Extending Duration, Anacrusis, Rests

Module 4 - Accidentals

Module 5 - Rhythm: Simple Meter Expanded

Module 6 - Major Scale

Module 7 - Major Scale Key Signatures

Module 8 - Rhythm: Compound Meter

Module 9 - Minor Scale

Module 10 - Intervals

Module 11 - Traids

Module 12 - Rhythm: Compound Meter Expanded

Module 13 - Triads: Roman Numerals

Module 14 - Inversions of Triads

Module 15 - Seventh Chords

Module 16 - Form in Music

Appendix 1 - Musical Terms

Appendix 2 - Acoustics

Appendix 3 - C Clefs (Alto and Tenor)

Appendix 4 - Modes

Appendix 5 - Other Seventh Chords (Major, Minor, Half Diminished, Diminished)

Appendix 6 - Basic Guitar Chords

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Author(s)

Biography

Sumy Takesue is an Instructor at Santa Monica College, teaching theory and class piano. She has taught at the University of Hawai’i (Hilo) and the University of Southern California.

Support Material

Companion Website

Please visit our companion website for additional support materials.