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Essentials of Music Theory: A Complete Self-Study Course for all MusiciansBy Andrew Surmani, Karen Farnum Surmani, and Morty ManusPublished by Alfred Music Publishing
A complete self-study course for all musicians. ..."includes two ear-training CDs.Answers are included in the back of the book for all exercises, ear training and review."
Foreword: Listening to music is one of the most popular pastimes, enjoyed by people all over the world. Whether listening to recordings or attending live concerts, music has the ability to inspire and give pleasure to almost everyone. For many students and professionals, playing a musical instrument is an even more enjoyable experience. But understanding how music is constructed; how scales and chords are formed; the relationship between major and minor keys; and how music is composed through melody, harmony and chord progressions can enhance the musical experience even further. There is also current scientific research which indicates that studying music imporves I.Q. scores - it actually makes you smarter. Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory is designed for students of any age, whether listener or performer, who want to have a better understanding of the language of music. This music theory course is divided into three sections of 40 pages each, with each section containing six units. There is a table of contents for each book on pages 2, 42, and 82. A unit consists of four or five pages of instructional material (including written exercises), and Ear Training page and Review page. Each new term is capitalized the first time it is introduced (GRAND STAFF) and will also be listed in the Glossary & Index of Terms and Symbols (along with the page number) at the end of each book. As the Glossary only contains terms introduced within the book, it is a complete listing of subjects included. ANSWER KEY: Answers for all exercises from the Lesson and Review pages and music for the Ear Training pages are included in the back of the book. This will help you determine your comprehension of the concepts being taught. To find the answers for a particular page, refer to the Table of Contents. COMPACT DISCS: One of the difficulties in studying music theory is not being able to hear what it is being learned. The two CDs included (CD 1 covers Books 1 and 2, CD 2 covers Book 3) not only allows you to hear the musical elements discussed, but offers you opportunities to test your listening skills. Musical examples are played by a variety of instruments (piano, flute, clarinet, alto sacophone, trumpet, trombone, viola and cello.