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Singing and Dictation for Today's Musician

1st Edition

By Daniel McCarthy, Ralph Turek

Routledge

304 pages | 304 B/W Illus.

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Description

Singing and Dictation for Today's Musician expands the Today's Musician family of textbooks to encompass the essential elements of musicianship and aural skills training. Featuring chapters that correspond to the organization of Theory for Today's Musician, this new textbook complements the theory text to offer a complete curriculum package, allowing students and instructors to reinforce written theory skills with relevant musicianship exercises. Combining sight-singing and dictation in a single volume, this new textbook underscores the value of combining the human senses in understanding the intellectual and analytic concepts of music theory.

Features of this text include:

  • Flexibility for the instructor in using moveable or fixed ‘Do’, scale degree numbers, and neutral syllables for singing
  • Both singing and dictation exercises included in each unit, allowing the two skills to be fully integrated
  • Companion website with audio recordings and instructor keys for the exercises, at www.routledge.com/cw/mccarthy
  • Units match the pacing and order of topics in Theory for Today’s Musician, allowing the texts to be easily used in sync

Beginning with fundamentals and continuing up through twentieth-century materials, Singing and Dictation for Today’s Musician allows instructors to closely align their teaching of musicianship and aural skills with the written theory curriculum, enhancing student understanding of core music principles.

Table of Contents

PART ONE FUNDAMENTALS and DIATONIC HARMONY Unit 1 Introduction Modes, Simple and Compound Meter Singing and the Voice Leading Notation Clefs and Note Reading Singing and the Solfege and Number Systems Unit 2: Intervals and Modes Singing: The Half and Whole Step The Four Church Modes Rhythm Meter and Notation: Simple and Compound Meter Introduction to Dictation: Mode Identification Modal Melodies Unit 3 Intervals and the Major/Minor Scale • Simple Meter Singing the Major and Minor Scale: Intervals of a 2nd Singing Major/Minor Melodies in Simple Meter Dictation: Identifying Major and Minor 2nds Introduction to Rhythmic Dictation in Simple Meter Unit 4 Intervals: The 3rd Basic Harmonic Structures of Major Triads: Intervals of a 3rd (Major and Minor) Number Patterns of the Major and Minor Scale Singing: Major Melodies featuring Intervals of a 3rd Rhythm Reading: Reciting Simple Meter Rhythms Unit 5 Intervals: The 3rd Dictation: Identifying Major and Minor 3rds Dictation of Simple Melodies Employing Various Qualities of 3rds Error Detection Introduction to Rhythmic Dictation in Compound Meter Unit 6 Intervals: The 3rd, 4th, and 5th Introduction to Diminished and Augmented Triads: Triad Quality Exercise Singing: Expanded Number Patterns in Major and Minor Keys: 4ths and 5ths Singing: Major and Minor Melodies featuring Intervals of The 3rd, 4th, and 5th and The Primary Triads: I, IV, and V Dictation: Introduction To Harmonic Dictation and Simple Cadence Identification Error Detection PART TWO EMBELLISHING TONES AND VOICE LEADING Unit 7 The Primary Triads Singing: Expanded Number Patterns in Major and Minor Keys: 4ths and 5ths Singing: Triad Quality Exercise and The Primary Triads: I, IV, and V Singing: Major and Minor Melodies in Simple and Compound Meter (Embellishing Tones) Unit 8 The Primary Triads II Dictation: Number Patterns in Major and Minor Keys: 4ths and 5ths Dictation: Triad Quality Identification and The Primary Triads: I, IV, and V Dictation: Major and Minor Melodies in Simple and Compound Meter (Embellishing Tones) Unit 9 The Primary Triads III Singing: Number Patterns Singing: Triad Quality Exercise and The Primary Triads: I, IV, and V Singing: Major and Minor Melodies in Simple and Compound Meter (Embellishing Tones) PART THREE VOICE LEADING Unit 10 Melodic Principles of Part Writing/The Outer-Voice Framework Singing: Two-Part 1:1 and 2:1 Counterpoint-Play and Sing/Duets Unit 11 Root Position Triads Introduction to Two-Voice Dictation: 1:1 and 2:1 Counterpoint Error Detection Unit 12 Root Position Triads II Singing: Two-Part 1:1 and 2:1 Counterpoint-Play and Sing/Duets Dictation: 1:1 and 2:1 Two-Part Dictation Introduction to Harmonic Dictation: Outer Voices with Dominant and Predominant Harmonies Unit 13 Interval Inversion Singing: Expanded Number Patterns and Introduction to 6ths and 7ths Singing: Intervals in Inversion Dictation: Number Patterns with Identification and Application of Inversion Dictation: Triads in Inversion Unit 14: Harmonic Dictation with Seventh Chords Dictation: All Diatonic Seventh Chords PART FOUR CHROMATIC MATERIALS & COUNTERPOINT Unit 15 Secondary Function I Singing: Melodies Using the Secondary Dominant Harmonic Dictation: Progressions Using the Secondary Dominant Unit 16 Secondary Function II Singing: Melodies Using the Secondary Dominant & Leading Tone Harmonic Dictation: Progressions Using the Secondary Dominant & Leading Tone Unit 17 Modulation I Singing: Modulating Melody-Pivot and Chromatic Dictation: Modulating Melody and Progressions-Pivot and Chromatic Unit 18 The Art of Countermelody Singing: Melodies in 3:1 and 4:1 Counterpoint-Play and Sing, Duets Unit 19 The Art of Countermelody II Dictation: Two-Voice Melodies: 3:1 and 4:1 Counterpoint PART FIVE ADVANCED CHROMATIC HARMONY & FORM Unit 20 Mixing Modes Singing: Melodies with Mode Mixture Dictation: Progressions with Mode Mixture Unit 21 Altered Pre-Dominants Singing: The Augmented Sixth & The Neapolitan Dictation: The Augmented Sixth & The Neapolitan Unit 22 Other Chromatic Harmonies Singing Exercise: The Embellishing Seventh Dictation: Short Progressions, Modulation and Embellishing Diminished Seventh Unit 23 Modulation II Dictation: Short Progressions Using the Enharmonic German 6th and Embellishing Seventh Unit 24 Harmonic Extensions Melodies: 9th, 11th, and 13th Chords Harmonic: 9th, 11th, and 13th Chords Unit 25 Binary and Ternary Forms Singing: Melodies in Binary and Ternary Forms Binary and Ternary Form Identification Unit 26 Sonata Form Sectional Identification: Sonata Form Unit 27 Rondo Form Sectional Identification: Rondo Form PART SIX TWENTIETH CENTURY MATERIALS Unit 28 Syntax and Vocabulary Rhythm and Meter: Odd and Mixed Meter Singing: Quartal/Quintal, Pentatonic, Whole Tone, Octatonic Sonority Identification: Melodies: Quartal/Quintal, Pentatonic, Whole Tone, Octatonic Unit 29 New Tonal Methods Rhythm and Meter: Odd and Mixed Meter Dictation: Quartal/Quintal, Pentatonic, Whole Tone, Octatonic Duets: Bimodal Sonority Identification: Melodies: Quartal/Quintal, Pentatonic, Whole Tone, Octatonic Unit 30 Non-Serial Atonality Set Singing: Trichords and Tetrachords Melodies: Trichords and Tetrachords Dictation: Trichords and Tetrachords Trichord and Tetrachord Identification Unit 31 Singing Row: Derived Set, Hexachordal Symmetry Melodies: Serial Dictation: Row: Derived Set, Hexachordal Symmetry Melodies: Serial Trichord and Tetrachord Identification

About the Authors

Daniel McCarthy is a familiar name in contemporary American music. As a composer, he has received distinguished faculty research/creativity awards at Indiana State University and The University of Akron.

Ralph Turek is a theorist, composer, author, jazz pianist, Professor Emeritus at The University of Akron, and a veteran of 35 years of teaching in the music theory classroom.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUS000000
MUSIC / General
MUS016000
MUSIC / Instruction & Study / Exercises
MUS022000
MUSIC / Instruction & Study / General
MUS041000
MUSIC / Instruction & Study / Theory