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A Creative Approach to Music Fundamentals, Non-Media Version

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495095132
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/10/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 392
  • 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 o

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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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