Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Learn to Read Music Paperback – February 15, 1971
|New from||Used from|
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
About the Author
As a writer on musical subjects, he has been Program Annotator for the New York Philharmonic and the New York City Symphony. Subscribers to Music-Appreciation Records are familiar with the long series of recorded lectures and printed essays he prepared for that organization. He is also the author of a history of the New York Philharmonic.
Mr. Shanet received his training in conducting from such masters as Serge Koussevitzky, Fritz Stiedry and Rudolph Thomas; in composition from Arthur Honegger, Bohuslav Martinu and Nikolai Lopatnikoff; in musicology from Paul Henry Lang. He holds two degrees from Columbia University.
As Mr. Shanet explains in his Introduction, he taught the contents of this book to more than a thousand students when he was conductor of the symphony orchestra at Huntington, West Virginia. Since then, tens of thousands of others have taught themselves from this book, and untold numbers have learned from Mr. Shanet's television series, also called “Learn to Read Music.”
Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Many people who love music and have a wide hearing acquaintance with it suffer from a feeling of inferiority because they cannot read music and are timid about asserting their opinions in the company of musicians. They may have excellent taste and judgment concerning what they hear, but they wilt before the professional because of his technical knowledge. The layman in literature and art will stand up for his ideas, but the poor music lover is apt to back down and feel that somehow he has got beyond his depth. So music becomes something mysterious to him and the musician a strange fellow who lives in a world different from his.
Obviously, musicians are the best judges of music, but non-professional opinion should not be brushed aside. The layman is the consumer and patron and what he thinks is important. He will find that with technical knowledge music loses none of its magic, but he will be able to see through some of the hocus-pocus now. The ability to read music is the first step and can make him feel that what he has to say about programs and performances is entitled to the professional's respect.
Educators think wistfully that some day notation may be taught in the elementary schools along with the alphabet. Children could master it easily, and many of them would have a lifetime of pleasure from the skill. But it is not being done, and the concert halls are filled with eager people who have found out too late that they are missing something important.
To these frustrated individuals, Howard Shanet's Learn to Read Music will come as a happy surprise. Not only because of its clarity and competence but also because of the author's infectious spirit of optimism, the reader will arrive at confidence and hope.
MacDowell Professor of Music
Copyright © 1956 by Howard Shanet --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
It lets the reader teach themselves by presenting examples to be solved and then explaining the solutions with painstaking detail and clarity.
The examples proceed in a logical order; commencing soley with reading rhythms, then soley reading pitch, then finally combining rhythm and pitch into melodies to be analysed and played at the piano.
The chapter on explaining the concept of tonality is masterful.
The examples are plentiful, and over time (in my case about three months of 5 to 15 mins per day), are meant to instil the basic skills and confidence you need to acquire to read single note melodies by sight. As Shanet points out, and very accurately from my experience, the examples must be done, not glossed over, because one learns to read music by doing it, not only understanding it or reading about how to do it.
What the book won't do is teach you how to p! lay an instrument although the basic examples at the piano provide a solid foundation from which you can go on to learn any instrument with much more confidence than you might have otherwise.
The language is clear, though sometimes wordy (it was written in 1958 and so does reflect the language style of the day).
I feel that Howard Shanet has a real appreciation of the problems people face when learning to read music and has successfully written a text that works.
In my estimation, a classic educational text.
Upon finishing this book and its exercises, you will not have learned to play an instrument. What you will have gained is an understanding of how to read the notes and symbols on sheet music, which will be extremely beneficial to your musical development.
Although I had learned to play guitar quite well during that time, and although I had managed to fake my way through playing violin in the school orchestra when I was a teenager, I was frustrated by not being able to read and write music well.
In the following years, I bought numerous books - most of them guitar books with chords and guitar tablature which I understood fine, and others books on how to read and write music, which I found confusing, complicated and frustrating.
Despite progressing to writing and playing songs, and playing in bands, I resigned myself to thinking that I'd always have to rely on a combination of a tape recorder, chord symbols, and my own quirky form of notation in order to write down the music that I wrote.
Finally, I found Mr. Shanet's book, and it explained all that I had been confused about in clear, simple and enjoyable ways. I do think that people are right when they say that learning the mechanics of music (notation etc.) is related to mathematics; a subject that I have always failed miserably in, and that's where Mr. Shanet's book excels - he explains all of this in simple terms.
Just to be clear about this, I have a pretty good sense of rhythm and timing, it's just that I could never write it down in standard musical notation, nor could I read it very well.
The whole process of counting from, and writing to, paper was too complicated a process, and no other book had ever unlocked this process for me until I found 'Learn to Read Music'.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this book is so good of breaking the mystery of learning to read music. simple techniquePublished 1 month ago by Ed L.
This book was given as a gift to a very musically talented person who had never had the opportunity to learn to read music. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JJ
I bought this book as a gift for a child who has an interest in writing songs and singing. After receiving this item I learned that this is not designed for children to read by... Read morePublished 3 months ago by T.Maline°Opal
I could only understand a few pages in this book. Definitely not for a beginner. A waste of my money.Published 6 months ago by SusieQ