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Introduced in 1976, The Music Kit was the first to offer students an integrated learning environment for the fundamentals course. By encouraging students to be active learners and providing for varied learning styles, The Music Kit has continued to foster the development and mastery of the basic skills needed for further study in music. Students perform frequent exercises, listen to music while examining music scores, tap or clap along to recorded rhythms, and complete computerized tutorials, drills, quizzes, and ear training exercises that return personalized feedback and scores.

Not merely a textbook, the computer-assisted edition of The Music Kit offers a complete system for introductory music training. Featuring updated software&#151now available for Macintosh and Windows platforms&#151a newly recorded, fully-tracked audio CD, and increased emphasis on aural skills, the Fourth Edition continues to raise the bar for music training excellence.

New to the Fourth Edition:

New Focus on Aural Skills
A complete, parallel course for elementary sight singing has been integrated into The Music Kit for the first time. Several new types of sight-singing exercises appear in the Rhythm Reader, and the most popular sight-singing methods are introduced in the Workbook. In addition, the Scorebook melodies have been ordered to accommodate a basic sight-singing curriculum, progressing from simple major to natural minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor, pentatonic, and other modes.

New End-of-Chapter Exercises in the Workbook
Review exercises at the end of every chapter reinforce those within the chapter and provide the synthesis necessary for mastering concepts. Exercises can be pulled out and submitted to the instructor.

Fully-tracked Audio CD
Fresh new digital recordings of the core rhythms employ a wide variety of percussion sounds. In addition, recordings of the twelve Scorebook pieces exemplify the different performance styles of folk, classical, pop, and jazz music.

Author Biography: Tom Manoff, also author of Music: A Living Language, has been actively involved in teaching music all his life. He has taught at the Third Street Music School Settlement, the Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Oregon. Mr. Manoff, a performer and composer, is currently the classical music critic for National Public Radio, a position he has held since 1986. John Miller is professor of music theory and director of the Division of Fine Arts at North Dakota State University. He has developed computer-assisted instruction materials since 1982, primarily in music theory and aural training. His Ph.D. is from Northwestern University, and he has held teaching or administrative positions at Northwestern, DePaul, and Eastern Illinois Universities, as well as at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University. Peter Hesterman is professor of music and coordinator of graduate studies in music at Eastern Illinois University. He is a graduate of the Capital University Conservatory of Music and earned M.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. In addition to his work on The Music Kit, he is coauthor of the CD-ROM for The Study of Orchestration, Third Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393974027
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 103,966
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Manoff, also author of Music: A Living Language, has been actively involved in teaching music all his life. He has taught at the Third Street Music School Settlement, the Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Oregon. Mr. Manoff, a performer and composer, is currently the classical music critic for National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered," a position he has held since 1986.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2010

    The Music Kit

    Beware this Music Kit will not run on Mac OS X!

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    Posted September 18, 2009

    Read Carefully

    I had bought this book used but had to go back and buy the whole Music Kit new. My tip to all book buyers, read VERY carefully when buying a used book.

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