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Basic Materials in Music Theory: A Programmed Course, 10th Edition (Book Only) 10th Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
It was so easy to learn by myself using this book. Each chapter consists of two columns of 'frames'. On the right is questions and information. After completing the question, you simply uncover the left column to see the answer. Each chapter consists of these frames that slowly build on what you have learned in previous frames until you complete the chapter. It is very simply yet VERY effective. Also at the end of each chapter are 'Mastery Frames' similar to a test. If you get a question wrong it tells you what frames to review in the chapter. Also included at the end of each chapter is an increasingly challenging ear training activity.
For those interested here are all the chapters to show what the book covers:
1)The Basic Materials of Music: Time and Sound
2)The Notation of Pitch
4)Note and Rest Values
7)The Basic Scales
8)The Major Scale
9)The Minor Scales
Also included in the back are two appendixes on Piano Styles and an Orchestration Chart along with a complete Glossary of Musical Terms. One very useful addition is an extensive bibliography for further study.
I can play an instrument proficiently and new basic music theory pertaining to my instrument. After reading this book I have brushed up on all the stuff I thought I completely knew and learned many more things I never knew in regards to basic music theory. I am now at a level where I can begin to start basic compositions- one goal I was aiming for.
I would recommend this book without hesitation to anyone interested in Music.
One improvement that could be made it to add a companion audio CD or CD-ROM. The aural training would be extremely useful when learning about the scales, especially the minor scales or when talking about perfect, major, minor, diminished or augmented pitches. Understanding would greatly increase if you could hear them.
I thought that the book was a bit overpriced, considering that it is paperback with pictures and little text.
If you just want to see the different aspects of music and be able to identify them on a piece of sheet music, this is a good book. If you want to pick out the different aspects of music when you hear them, find a CD that you can use in conjunction with this bok.
However, it is limited in terms of practical music writing required for diploma and degree exams, so though they cover the theory elements very well, for practical work I would recommend getting a good workbook, here I would recommend getting the ABRMS or Trinity College publications, available via their web sites or their distributors.
I would recommend all the books, Basics, Programmed Course 1 & 2, and excellent bridge to 20th Music and Contrapuntal Techniques.
Sadly like most college level text books they are expensive!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a 50 plus beginning piano student. As with many instructors, my piano teacher teaches mostly kids and is probably frustrated with my inability to grasp theory as quickly as... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kelly
i used this for a music theory class. even though it is an older version, it had all the info I needed for my class.Published 6 months ago by hooked
The answer are at the edge of the page just beside the questions. Very poor book design. I would of returned it if not required for school.Published 7 months ago by Anthony Smith
Not for the 'Basic' learner of music. You will need a dictionary to understand what 2/3rds of the book even means.Published 9 months ago by J. J.
This is a very good piano book for beginners and intermediate students.Published 15 months ago by Km! Ra
Really confused that the Q&A's are on the SAME PAGE. so, you gotta fold the page over the answers if you want to challenge yourself. Goofy set up, but EXCELLENT content.Published 16 months ago by S. Bass
Having used this book in college theory courses, I'd highly recommend it for all the same reasons that others have already covered.
Why did I ding it one star?
Price. Read more