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Based on tested methods used by the author during many years of teaching, Music First! takes a step-by-step approach to the fundamentals of music theory and basic composition, engaging students by a combination of explanation and interaction. Students learn cumulatively as they progress through the book. This popular "learn-by-doing" approach reinforces theoretical principles through practice and enlivens any Fundamentals course.

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Overview

Based on tested methods used by the author during many years of teaching, Music First! takes a step-by-step approach to the fundamentals of music theory and basic composition, engaging students by a combination of explanation and interaction. Students learn cumulatively as they progress through the book. This popular "learn-by-doing" approach reinforces theoretical principles through practice and enlivens any Fundamentals course.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073275000
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 5/22/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary White holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition from Michigan State University. At his retirement in 1994 he was Distinguished Professor of Music at Iowa State University, where he developed and administered the music theory curriculum and established the electronic and computer music studio. For a number of years he was also in charge of music listening courses for the general student at Iowa State.

Dr. White is the composer of over fifty published musical compositions and the author of Music First! (a music fundamentals textbook) and Instrumental Arranging (a textbook for orchestration and arranging), both published by McGraw-Hill. He has been awarded the U.C. Berkeley Medal by the University of California at Berkeley, was named a National Arts Associate by Sigma Alpha Iota, and has held a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. His compositions have won many prizes and awards, including the Toon van Balkom Prize and the Shenandoah/Percussion Plus Prize.

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Table of Contents

White, Music First! 5e

 

 

Contents

 

Chapter 1

Elements of Music: Pitch

Middle C

The Octave

Quick Check

Musical Notation

The Staff

The Treble Clef

The Bass Clef

Ledger Lines

The Grand Staff

Playing Melodies on a KeyboardInstrument

Quick Check

Drawing Musical Symbols

            TrebleClef

            BassClef

            NoteHeads

Key Terms

Listening

Using What You Have Learned

Assignments

 

 

Chapter 2

Elements of Music: Rhythm

The Beat

Simple Division of the Beat

Rhythm Patterns

Repeat Sign

Quick Check

Drawing Quarter Notes and Eighth Notes

            NoteHeads

            Stems

Improving Your Ear

            Ear-TrainingExercise I

            Ear-TrainingExercise II

            Ear-TrainingExercise III

Longer Note Values

Quick Check

Rests

Quick Check

The Tie

The Dot

Quick Check

Compound Division of the Beat

Quick Check

Dotted Rests

Quick Check

Summaryof Relative Note and RestValues

Key Terms

Listening

Using What You Have Learned

Assignments

 

Interlude I

 

Chapter 3

Simple Meter

Accent

Meter

Bar Line

Measure

Meter Signature

Simple Meter

Quick Check

2/2 Meter

Quick Check

The Upbeat

Quick Check

Subdivision of the Beat

Quick Check

The Dotted Eighth Note

Quick Check

Triplets

Key Terms

Listening

Using What You Have Learned

Assignments

 

Chapter 4

Compound Meter

Duple-Compound Meter

Quick Check

Triple-Compound Meter

Quick Check

Quadruple-Compound Meter

Quick Check

Beaming in Simple and CompoundMeters

Key Terms

Listening

Using What You Have Learned

Assignments

 

Interlude II

 

Chapter 5

The Keyboard

The Half Step

The Whole Step

The Sharp Sign

The Flat Sign

The Natural Sign

Enharmonic Equivalents

Writing Sharps, Flats, and Naturals

Writing Half Steps and Whole Steps

The Key Signature

Quick Check

The Double Sharp

The Double Flat

Quick Check

Key Terms

Listening

Using What You Have Learned

Assignments

 

Chapter 6

Major Scales/Major Keys

Major Scales

The Tonic

Half Steps and Whole Steps in theMajor Scale

Diatonic Scales

Other Major Scales

Key Signatures for Major Scales

The Circle of Fifths

Determining the Key from a KeySignature

The Dominant

Solfeggio

Quick Check

Key Terms

Listening

Using What You Have Learned

Assignments

 

Interlude III

 

Chapter 7

Intervals

Intervals and Scale Degrees

Quick Check

Specific Qualities of Intervals

            PerfectIntervals

            MajorIntervals

            MinorIntervals

Quick Check

Writing Intervals Below a GivenNote

Quick Check

The Augmented Fourth and DiminishedFifth

Summary of Common Intervals

Other Intervals

Key Terms

Listening

Using What You Have Learned

Assignments

 

Chapter 8

Minor Scales/Minor Keys

The Natural Minor Scale

The Harmonic Minor Scale

The Melodic Minor Scale

Key Signatures for Minor Scales

Relative Major and Minor Scales

Tonic (Parallel) Major and MinorScales

The Dominant in Minor

Solfeggio and Numbers

Quick Check

Transposition

Quick Check

Key Terms

Listening

Using What You Have Learned

Assignments

 

Interlude IV

 

Chapter 9

Chords—Lookingat the Musical Background

Harmony

Chord

Triad

Popular Music Chord Symbols

Diminished and Augmented Triads

Simple and Expanded Positions of Triads

Inversion of Triads

Block Chords versus Arpeggiation of Chords

Seventh Chords

The Major-Minor Seventh Chord

The Minor Seventh Chord

Key Terms

Listening

Using What You Have Learned

Assignments

 

Chapter 10

The HarmonicSystem

The Harmonic System in Major Keys

Roman Numeral Analysis

Primary Chords

Secondary Chords

The Harmonic System in Minor Keys

Circle Progressions

The Harmonic Background of Rounds

Part Songs

Key Terms

Listening

Using What You Have Learned

 

Interlude V

 

Chapter 11

Introductionto Harmonizing and Composing

Harmonizing Melodies

Nonharmonic Tones

Harmonic Rhythm

Playing Accompaniments on a Keyboard

Adding Rhythm to Accompaniments

Phrases in Music

Melodic Contour of Phrases

Harmonic Cadence

Form

A Final Word

Using What You Have Learned

 

Appendix 1

Inversion of Intervals

Appendix 2

Popular Music Chord Symbols

Appendix 3

Guitar Chords

Appendix 4

Playing a KeyboardInstrument

Appendix 5 

Answers to SelectedProblems in the Assignments

 

Songbook

 

Glossary

 

Index

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