Theory for Today’s Musician, Third Edition, recasts the scope of the traditional music theory course to meet the demands of the professional music world, in a style that speaks directly and engagingly to today’s music student. It uses classical, folk, popular, and jazz repertoires with clear explanations that link music theory to musical applications. The authors help prepare students by not only exploring how music theory works in art music, but how it functions within modern music, and why this knowledge will help them become better composers, music teachers, performers, and recording engineers.
This broadly comprehensive text merges traditional topics such as part-writing and harmony (diatonic, chromatic, neo-tonal and atonal), with less traditional topics such as counterpoint and musical process, and includes the non-traditional topics of popular music songwriting, jazz harmony and the blues. The accompanying companion website provides an interactive Theory Trainer tutorial that allows students to practice foundational theory skills. Written by experienced authors, both active classroom teachers for many years, Theory for Today’s Musician is the complete and ideal theory text to enable today’s student to accomplish their musical goals tomorrow.
Updated and corrected throughout, the Third Edition includes:
The accompanying Workbook offers exercises and assignments to accompany each chapter in the book. A companion website houses online tutorials with drills of basic concepts, as well as audio.
PART ONE: IN LIEU OF FUNDAMENTALS / 1 Assorted Preliminaries / 2 Intervals / PART TWO: DIATONIC HARMONY / 3 Basic Harmonic Structures /4 Musical Shorthand: Lead Sheets and Figured Bass / 5 Harmonies of the Major and Minor Scales / 6 Cadences/Harmonic Rhythm / PART THREE: MELODY / 7 Melodic Pitch and Rhythm /8 Embellishing Tones / 9 Melodic Form /PART FOUR: VOICE LEADING / 10 Melodic Principles of Part Writing/The Outer Voice Framework / 11 The Melodic Factor in Four-Voice Part Writing/Voicing and Connecting Chords / 12 The Chorale/Part Writing with Root-Position Triads /13 Part-Writing with Triads in Inversion / 14 Part Writing Seventh Chords / PART FIVE: BASIC CHROMATIC HARMONY / 15 Secondary Function I / 16 Secondary Function II / 17 Modulation I / PART SIX: COUNTERPOINT / 18 The Art of Countermelody /19 The Fugue /PART SEVEN: ADVANCED CHROMATIC HARMONY /20 Mixing Modes / 21 Altered Pre-Dominants / 22 Other Chromatic Harmonies /23 Modulation II /24 Harmonic Extensions and Chromatic Techniques / PART EIGHT: FORM / 25 Binary and Ternary Forms /26 Sonata Form /27 The Rondo / PART NINE: MUSIC IN THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY AND BEYOND / 28 Syntax and Vocabulary / 29 New Tonal Methods / 30 Non-Serial Atonality / 31 Serial Atonality /32 Harmonic Principles in Jazz / 33 The Blues / 34 Shaping a Song / Appendix A: Pitch / Appendix B: Rhythm / Appendix C: Basic Lead-Sheet Symbols / Appendix D: Part-Writing Guidelines