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Theory Essentials for Today's Musician (Textbook)

By Ralph Turek, Daniel McCarthy

© 2018 – Routledge

400 pages

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Description

Theory Essentials for Today’s Musician offers a review of music theory that speaks directly and engagingly to modern students. Rooted in the tested pedagogy of Theory for Today’s Musician, the authors have distilled and reorganized the concepts from the thirty-three chapters of their original textbook into twenty-one succinct, modular chapters that move from the core elements of harmony to further topics in form and 20th-century music. A broad coverage of topics and musicals styles—including examples drawn from popular music—is organized into four key parts:

  • Basic Tools
  • Chromatic Harmony
  • Form and Analysis
  • The 20th Century and Beyond

Theory Essentials features clear and jargon-free (yet rigorous) explanations appropriate for students at all levels, ensuring comprehension of concepts that are often confusing or obscure. An accompanying workbook provides corresponding exercises, while a companion website presents streaming audio examples. This concise and reorganized all-in-one package—which can be covered in a single semester for a graduate review, or serve as the backbone for a briefer undergraduate survey—provides a comprehensive, flexible foundation in the vital concepts needed to analyze music.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: BASIC TOOLS

Chaper 1: Elements of Diatonic Harmony

Chapter 2: Cadences and Harmonic Rhythm

Chapter 3: The Outer-Voice Framework/Embellishing Tones

Chapter 4: Part Writing and Chorale Analysis I

Chapter 5: Part Writing and Chorale Analysis II

Chapter 6: Part Writing and Chorale Analysis III

PART TWO: CHROMATIC HARMONY

Chapter 7: Secondary Function

Chapter 8: Modulation I

Chapter 9: Mixing Modes

Chapter 10: Altered Pre-Dominants and Dominants

Chapter 11: Modulation II

Chapter 12: Harmonic Extensions and Chromatic Techniques

PART THREE: FORM AND ANALYSIS

Chapter 13: Melodic Form

Chapter 14: Contrapuntal Forms

Chapter 15: Small Forms

Chapter 16: Sonata Form

Chapter 17: Rondo

PART FOUR: THE 20TH CENTURY AND BEYOND

Chapter 18: Syntax and Vocabulary

Chapter 19: New Tonal Methods

Chapter 20: Non-Serial Atonality

Chapter 21: Serial Atonality

Appendix A: Scales and Intervals

Appendix B: Rhythm

Appendix C: Basic Harmonic Structures

Appendix D: Part-Writing Guidelines

About the Authors

Ralph Turek is a theorist, composer, author, jazz pianist, Professor Emeritus at The University of Akron, and a veteran of thirty-five years of teaching in the music theory classroom. He is the co-author of Theory for Today’s Musician.

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, where he is Chair of the Composition and Theory Section in the School of Music. He is the co-author of Theory for Today’s Musician.

Subject Categories

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