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Music for Sight Singing (8th Edition) Spiral-bound – January 13, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0205760084 ISBN-10: 0205760082 Edition: 8th

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 8 edition (January 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205760082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205760084
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Music for Sight Singing, 8/e is the best-selling book for Music Theory students.  It features over 1700 examples, many drawn from “real music” that professors value and students enjoy singing.  With the passing of author Robert Ottman, new author Nancy Rogers has added new vitality to the book, introducing exercises to develop creativity as well as to build basic skills.

About the Author

NANCY ROGERS is an Associate Professor of Music Theory at Florida State University.  With research interests including music cognition and its pedagogical implications, Dr. Rogers has presented papers at national and international conferences, including meetings of the Society for Music Theory, the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, and the Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology. She was a keynote speaker at the 2009 Musical Ear conference held at Indiana University. Several recent publications may be found in Music Theory Online, the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, and Em Pauta.

 

Professor Rogers received her Ph.D. in music theory from the Eastman School of Music; she is a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities.  She has served as President of Music Theory Southeast, Secretary of the Society for Music Theory, and Treasurer of Music Theory Midwest.  Before coming to Florida State University, she served on the faculties of Northwestern University, the University of Iowa, and Lawrence University.

 


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The book came in a good amount of time and was just like it was describes to be.
Wendi
It is just a small spiral bound, soft cover book of public domain melodies and rhythms simply printed in black ink on cheap paper.
Michael
It is probably the worst example I know where the publisher and author are really just interested in maximizing their profits.
C. Zerbe

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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By C. Zerbe on July 29, 2010
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While this is an excellent book for sight singing examples. It is probably the worst example I know where the publisher and author are really just interested in maximizing their profits. This book is on its 8th edition. It seems to get revised about every three years. They add a few number examples, switch the text around a little and call it a new edition. This edition is 99% the same as the 7th edition. But know, all the students have to go out and pay for a new book because because there is a "new" edition. I wish some professor would just say - hey we are going to use the 7th or 6th edition. There are plenty of used copies floating around out there. Most the the "song" numbers are identical. unless you have to have this edition, save yourself some money and buy an older edition.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JAB on August 14, 2012
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I had to buy this book for a music skills class. It serves its purpose quite well. However, the extremely high price is, in my view, completely unjust. This is a prime example of theft by the college textbook industry, and is indicative of a larger problem: the intrusion of market values into higher education. Instead of ensuring that students receive a worthwhile and useful education in their chosen fields, the priority appears to be the extraction of as much money as possible from a segment of the population that is already at an economic disadvantage. It's a tragedy that our society has failed to provide its young people with an opportunity to enter into professional life free of debt.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Reviewer on January 18, 2012
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This is a great book and I would've given it 5 stars if it had cost $20 or $30. But charging this amount for a flimsy paperback is just piracy. Don't get me wrong - I prefer spiral bound music books because they're easier to keep open. But this book is sure to get severely bent in any book bag, and most likely pages will be torn out as well. If you're not required to buy this for a class, figure out a different way to learn sight singing because this is just too expensive.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark Walton on November 24, 2010
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This book has a new edition coming out an average of every three years. When this happens, previous editions are no longer in print. If teaching a class that continues for more than one year, you end up with a mess when the book goes out of print and newly-entering students are stuck trying to find it. You have either that or everyone else spending a small fortune to buy the newest edition.

Don't even think about trying to have newer students working from one edition while students from previous years continue to use another. The editors of this book make it impossible to use both editions concurrently; they go to great lengths to jumble up the exercises (the vast majority of the exercises remain the same) so that you cannot possibly use two editions at once.

The original author, Robert Ottman, actually died two editions ago, but still new people are creating the new editions, and they have made no improvements over Ottman's whatsoever. It seems like nothing more than a ploy to get students continuously buying this book. I would never make my students spend another $80+ on this book when they already have the same book, minus a bit of rearranging.

As much as I liked using these books up until the fifth editions, I'd have to sadly recommend at this time that any teacher looking for a good ear training/sight singing book look elsewhere, as I am now doing after decades of using these editions. (I stopped at 6th edition). This one is expensive, and it will be useless in three years or less.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael on August 7, 2012
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This book is a total rip off, but required for my school. (And if you are reading this, it's probably required by your school too.) It is just a small spiral bound, soft cover book of public domain melodies and rhythms simply printed in black ink on cheap paper. To charge $85 for it is a total scam. For only $20 I've purchased several over sized, hard bound, full color art books, so obviously the $85 isn't going to printing costs! It's true value is about $10.

Also, every couple of years they release a new edition that is only slightly changed in order to squash the used book market, and force students to buy a new copy.
If you HAVE to buy it for school, try to find a used copy of the required edition, or buy it here, as Amazon's price is probably less than what your college is charging for it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tomgtag on October 1, 2012
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I'm surprised and sad at the price people, especially students, have to pay for this. I got mine, a 2nd edition with over 600 melodies, a few years ago at my local library book sale for 50 cents knowing nothing about the book. It has indeed helped me with sight singing and has an organized way of increasing difficulty. I'm sure there's been additional material added, but from what I've read in other reviews, nothing though to justify the price. And from what I see in my book, its all material old enough to not pay any royalties for copyrights.
Perhaps students could show the price objections here to their teachers, there must be other less expensive books. I don;t know the legalities but if the melodies aren't copyrightable, couldn't someone use many of the melodies to make a new book that hopefully would cost a lot less? The original author many years -1956 - ago put in a good deal of work but the price seems ridiculous.
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