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Foundations of Music and Musicianship Paperback – January, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0028706610 ISBN-10: 0028706617 Edition: 1st
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"The book is sequenced in a way that's musical and presents only musically relevant material with no clutter. It explains concepts and operations well. It is written to motivate the student and keeps them excited about what is coming up next. The laboratory sections are excellent in helping students to pull everything together."

"Strengths lie in its overall clarity, concise presentation of material, comprehensive nature of the topics covered, and the number and diversity of the exercises provided for each chapter."

"Good use of keyboard to illustrate such concepts as intervals and chords. The definitions of basic music elements are quite thorough and the author provides plenty of examples."

"Appropriate order of topics. Thoroughness and depth in all exercises. Methodical approach to each chapter." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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David Damschroder teaches music theory at the University of Minnesota. He is author of LISTEN AND SING (Schirmer) and the forthcoming AN ESSAY ON HARMONIC ANALYSIS. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 479 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer Books; 1st edition (January 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028706617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028706610
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,151,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAME on May 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
What a fabulous resource for an introductory course in music! The book is aimed at liberal arts students who want to take a course in the fundamentals of music, however, I think (way) back to my music theory course in high school and this would have been a terrific text for that kind of course as well.
Since music making is an activity that involves your mind (and heart), I appreciate Prof. Damschroder's emphasis on learning through doing. Students will sing, clap, and play their way to understanding the basic grammar of music. The text starts at the very beginning of musical notation and works its way through rhythm, meter, scales, accidentals, chords, and some chromaticiscm. By the end of this one term course the student understands the basics of harmonizing simple melodies and can detect errors in notation and matching what they hear with what is written down. There is a good basic glossary and an appendix with additional musical notation helps. An index is also provided.
Another terrific resource is a CD that contains the musical examples and exercises in the book so the student can work on his or her own and drill themselves a bit and actually work the problems in the book while listening to the exercises through their computer. I like the fact that the student can choose to hear the examples and exercises as a piano, violin, clarinet, oboe, horn, or saxophone if there are pitches. If they are rhythm exercises they can listen to them as a piano, harp, clarinet, vibraphone, drum, or woodblock. It may seem a little thing, but having taught ear training, it does help students to hear examples in the sound they are more familiar in hearing. String players hear strings more easily, woodwind players like to hear woodwinds, and so forth.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
Text is well sequenced with content as well as supporting worksheets. There is no irrelevant information in this book to the subject area of Music Theory, as compared to other books which include impertinent information.
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