Foundations of Music: A Computer-assisted Introduction

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Wadsworth, 2000 - Music - 270 pages
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This text offers music fundamental training through the use of computer assistance and is appropriate for both music majors in a low-level music theory course and non-majors courses. This approach allows for maximum flexibility in classroom learning, as students are able to learn at their own pace. This text is known for its extensive content, clear organization, and for the usefulness of its musical examples.

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Contents

Pitch and Timbre The Overtone Series
1
THE NOTATIONAL SYSTEM
12
FIVE
20
SIMPLE METER
28
Key Signatures for Major Keys
60
COMPOUND METER
73
Classification of Meters
82
More on the Use of Beams
88
ELEVEN
160
Texture and Inversions
180
LOOKING AT Music
209
TOPICS FOR ENRICHMENT
230
Synthetic Scales
239
Sixth Chords
246
Standard Chord Progressions
258
Indexes
267

THE MINOR MODE
108
Intervals in the Minor Mode
115
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About the author (2000)

Robert Nelson teaches music theory and composition at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston. A composer in residence and music director of the Houston Shakespeare Festival for 17 seasons, he has also received numerous commissions for compositions and arrangements for the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

Carl J. Christensen holds B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. He teaches instrumental music and music theory at Hartnell College in Salinas, California. Prior to accepting the position at Hartnell, he was principal trombonist of the Mexico City Philharmonic. He is conductor of the Monterey Bay Symphony and Monterey Opera and is a frequent guest conductor of orchestras in Guatemala and Argentina.

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