A Creative Approach to Music Fundamentals (with CD-ROM and Keyboard Booklet) / Edition 9

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This market-leading book for the Fundamentals of Music course addresses students' differing abilities. Internationally renowned composer William Duckworth covers the fundamentals in 14 concise main chapters that are supplemented by 11 enrichment appendices. These offer extended coverage for teachers or students who desire additional instruction. With a practical focus on developing skills, Duckworth presents many clear examples that show students the basics. Because students can best learn the fundamentals by using them, written and aural exercises give students the opportunity to creatively apply their knowledge in realistic music situations.

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This textbook approaches the subject matter by weaving into and through the fundamentals of music in an organic fashion, introducing topics the way one might do in explaining music verbally. I like the way William Duckworth talks directly to the student in a conversational tone throughout the text.

The Focus on Fundamentals CD-ROM allows students to work at their own pace, providing reinforcement of basic concepts for those students who need it and an opportunity for enrichment for those students who grasp the basic material more quickly.

The information is interestingly presented. Mr. Duckworth's obvious knowledge of today's popular culture would be appealing to many students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495090939
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/10/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

An internationally known composer, acclaimed teacher of American music, and the founder of Postminimalism, William Duckworth has written more than 200 works, including the well-known Time Curve Preludes for piano. In addition to numerous teaching awards, Rolling Stone magazine called his teaching "hip, bright and innovative." Duckworth has been honored by the American Music Society as one of Six Master Teachers in America. Additionally, Cathedral, co-created with Nora Farrell and online since 1997, is one of the first interactive works of music and art on the Web. Duckworth's honors include the 2001 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Internet Award, the 2002 Award in Music from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and a 2007 Senior Fulbright Specialist Award that assigned him to the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre in Brisbane, Australia, and resulted in iOrpheus, Duckworth and Farrell's 2-year unfolding of video podcasts, stage performances, and a public opera in the streets and promenades of Brisbane's South Bank Parklands.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION. 1. The Basics of Music. 2. Rhythm I: Simple Meter. FOCUS ON SKILLS I. 3. Rhythm II: Compound Meter. 4. Pitch. FOCUS ON SKILLS II. 5. Major Scales. 6. Major Key Signatures. 7. Intervals. FOCUS ON SKILLS III. 8. Minor Key Signatures. 9. Minor Scales. 10. The Pentatonic and Blues Scales. FOCUS ON SKILLS IV. 11. Triads. 12. Triads in a Musical Context. 13. Chord Progressions. 14. Writing a Song. Appendices: A. Graded Rhythms for Counting and Performing. B. Graded World Rhythms in Two and Three Parts. C. Syllables for Sight-Singing Scales and Modes. D. Graded Melodies for Sight-Singing and Playing. E. Chromatic Scale and Major-Scale Fingerings for Keyboard Instruments. F. The C Clef. G. Other Scales and Modes. H: Transposing the Modes. I. A Brief Introduction To Timbre. J. A Brief Discussion of Acoustics. K. Basic Guitar Chords. L. Using the Focus on Fundamentals Enhanced CD. Glossary. Subject Index. Index to Musical Examples.

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