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This text presents music that is challenging, yet not overwhelming to young musicians. Drawing on their own extensive experience as composers and arrangers who adapt music for their own students, the authors have struck a balance between rigor and accessibility.
Table of Contents
COMMON PRACTICE TECHNIQUES: DIATONIC
1. Rhythm: One-and Two-Pulse Units (Unmetered)
Pitch: The Major Scale
2. Rhythm: Simple Meters
Pitch: Introducing Thirds
Pitch: Introducing Fourths
3. Pitch: Tonic Triad in the Major Mode
Introducing Fifths, Sixths, and Octaves
4. Rhythm: 2:1 Subdivisions of the Beat
Pitch: I, V, and V7. Introducing Sevenths
5. Rhythm: Anacruses (Upbeats) and 4:1
Subdivisions of the Beat
Pitch: I, IV, V, and V7. Pitch: Introducing the Alto Clef