Music as Organized Sound: An Introduction to Basic Music Theory

Music as Organized Sound: An Introduction to Basic Music Theory

By: Sylvia White (author)Hardback

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This text provides a basis for understanding the essential principles and concepts of music. It attempts to develop a musical language for anyone who has a need to explore and communicate the sounds of music. It will benefit those who have a need to develop a command of the musical language but have neither knowledge of nor experience in the musical world. A typical user of this text would be someone who needs to read music and acquire a working knowledge of a keyboard, or anyone who sings or plays a musical instrument but can neither explain nor read music.


The nature of music - character and uses; the language of music - music vocabulary, elements and their images, devices and elements, art form versus musical shape, summary, skill exercises; the tools of music -musical media, voice and ensembles, instruments and ensembles, instrumental families - strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion, electronic instruments, summary, skill exercises; the notation of music - pitch, notation, melodic notation, harmonic notation, time notation - the beat, rhythm, meter, tempo, dynamics notation, directional notation, summary, skill exercises; the horizontal structure of music - melody, the scale - tones/pitches, melodic intervals, diatonic scales - modal, tonal, tonal scales - major, minor, other scales - chromatic, whole/6-tone, pentatonic/5-tone, artificial, summary skill exercises; the vertical structure of music -harmony, melodic and harmonic intervals, unit of harmony - the harmonic interval, the chord and harmonic intervals, the chord and its function; chord families - the inversion, the chord extended, summary, skill exercises; the composition of music - the musical score, the musical composition, summary, skill exercises; the compositional analysis of music - theory and application, compositional analysis, summary, skill exercises. Appendices: glossary of terms, symbols and function; expression marks; major and relative minor scales; melodic and harmonic intervals. Indexes: song; subject.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773479104
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 292
  • ID: 9780773479104
  • ISBN10: 0773479104

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