Lies My Music Teacher Told Me: Music Theory for Grownups

Lies My Music Teacher Told Me: Music Theory for Grownups

by Gerald Eskelin
     
 

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Informative and entertaining, this book discusses a number of widely-accepted misconceptions about music and offers in their place practical and logical ideas regarding human perception of music and its relation to traditional systems of notation. The writing style is informal, humorous, and assumes little or no previous knowledge of music. Drawing on his

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Informative and entertaining, this book discusses a number of widely-accepted misconceptions about music and offers in their place practical and logical ideas regarding human perception of music and its relation to traditional systems of notation. The writing style is informal, humorous, and assumes little or no previous knowledge of music. Drawing on his extensive background in the music world, the author shares in a light-hearted but logical way the practical experiences and careful thinking that led him to his conclusions. Despite its folksy accessibility, the book is well grounded in scholarship. A basic premise of the book is that, like spoken language, music should be experienced as sound before it is learned in its symbolic form as notation, and that when music is presented this way, a learner is better prepared to navigate the tangles and perplexities of traditional notation.

Editorial Reviews

Music Educators Journal
Eskelin's lighthearted first-person approach makes the book very readable. Students of all levels could certainly learn something from this material but it would also interest music educators and even music theorists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886209251
Publisher:
Stage Three Publishing
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
842,011
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.43(d)

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Alan Paul
"Lies shows in profoundly understandable terms how to fine-tune one's musical sensibility."--(Alan Paul, The Manhattan Transfer)
Steve Allen
"We should always be grateful for books-on any subject-that force us to take a new angle of vision, to interpret familiar things in a fresh way. Dr. Eskelin's amusing and instructive dissertation does that, and much more."--(Steve Allen, entertainer and TV personality)

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