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From Sound to Symbol : Fundamentals of Music

ISBN: 9780199751914 | 0199751919
Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pub. Date: 1/21/2011

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The ONLY text that uses sound first as a more natural and organic way to learn music theory Designed for a one-semester musical fundamentals course,From Sound to Symbol: Fundamentals of Music,Second Edition, clearly covers all essential topics, but with a unique, sound-to-symbol approach that explores concepts through the sound of music before explaining how symbols are used. Students actively and methodically explore music by listening, performing, thinking critically, and composing, learning the rudiments of music theory in the process. DISTINCTIVE FEATURES * Examples from folk songs and classical music aresimple, memorable, and easy to sing or play. * Activities usedifferent modes of learning (kinesthetic, aural, and visual)to help students understand the fundamentals and apply them to music-making. * Thein-text Audio CDincludes all the essential melodies from the book, examples of chord functions and harmonic progressions, and exercises to develop singing skills. * Thein-text Skills CDprovides tutorials for chapter review, theory exercise drills, and dictation exercises. * Afolded, laminated keyboardis included at the back of the text. NEW TO THIS EDITION * Chapters includehelpful overviewsandkey terms and concepts lists. * Chapters are nowdivided into two sections:(1) an introduction to basic concepts and (2) written theory exercises. * All chapters includemore written exercises,and the in-text Skills CD includes more dictation exercises. *"How to Read a Musical Score"sections ask students to identify newly learned musical elements in more complex musical works. *"How to Practice" sectionsguide students in developing greater mastery of each chapter's concepts. *Thelaminor anddominor approachesto pedagogy are now clearly distinguished and separated in Chapters 8 and 9. *All forms of the minor scale are included in one chapter(9) instead of two. *Chapters 10 and 11 on triads and harmony have been reorganizedto reflect a traditional sequence. * Anew chapter, "Composing a Song"(Chapter 12), provides students with the opportunity to apply their cumulative knowledge to writing compositions. *Pages have been redesigned for clarity,with only two marginal icons--one referencing the in-text Audio CD (with track numbers) and one referencing longer pieces available on iTunes. Pages are also perforated and three-hole-punched for convenience. * A newGlossary of Musical Termsis included at the back of the text. * ACompanion Websiteatwww.oup.com/us/houlahanoffers both students and faculty extensive additional resources. Students will find supplementary musicianship exercises to develop their singing, memory, audiation, sight singing, and keyboard skills. Instructors will find video clips of the authors teaching, sample lesson plans, and teaching strategies, as well as sample tests and assessment rubrics.

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