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THEORY ESSENTIALS is a two-volume text that offers a unique, total solution to teaching music theory. Integrating all the components of the two-year music theory sequence, each volume (and its accompanying workbook) fully synthesizes the major topics in music theory with aural skills, keyboard applications, and examples from the literature. Offering terrific value, THEORY ESSENTIALS replaces the need for the four separate texts traditionally required for the music theory sequence (theory, ear training/sight singing, keyboard harmony, and an anthology). The result is a remarkable, carefully-paced synthesis of these components that moves from a solid grounding in Fundamentals through Diatonic Harmony (in Volume I), and from Secondary Function chords through Twentieth-Century Techniques (in Volume II).

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"The style of writing is extremely appropriate for my students. It is clear and pitched at the right level for undergraduates with no prior theory background. The presence of ear training and keyboard exercises is a major asset, impressing upon the student the importance of these aspects in the study of theory, and helping the instructor with ready made examples for sightsinging, rhythmic exercises, dictation, and keyboard exercises - which should be part of any beginning theory course."

"Texts for my theory class cost over $300 when students have to purchase books in fundamentals, theory text and workbook, sight singing, and ear training. Every fall my students, parents, and other faculty all complain loudly to me about this! The cost of ONE BOOK would be a relief! The music examples are WONDERFUL!"

"By combining harmony, ear training, and piano in one text, THEORY ESSENTIALS has not only helped to coordinate elements, but will save student a lot of money on textbooks. I like very much the writing style of the text. It flows well and my students will react very positively to it."

"The analysis examples are concise and to the point. . . . they allow the student to demonstrate the concept discussed in the chapter. This book is not only good for a theorist to use but it's excellent for the professor who is not a theorist by nature . . . It's a wonderful text!"

"I like the way this textbook integrates the study of theory with the attainment of aural and keyboard skills sequentially presented. These aspects establish a complete study in theory. By doing so, students can better relate theory to real music."

This text contains the information needed by the first-year college- level music student to master basic theoretical and aural skills. In the 24 chapters, Mayfield (Kansas Community College) covers notation (theory and harmony) as well as sight-singing, ear training, musicianship, and applications of theory to the keyboard. She also presents practice boxes that provide an opportunity for regular progress evaluations of major concepts, musical figures to illustrate various topics, and sight-singing and dictation exercises. The included CD includes musical examples keyed to corresponding material in the text. Plastic comb binding. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534572310
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/16/2002
  • Series: Music Ser.
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Connie Mayfield is Dean of Fine Arts at Cerritos College in California. Prior to that she was Professor of Music at Kansas City Kansas Community College, where she taught music theory and music technology and served as Coordinator of the Music Department. Mayfield was a Fulbright scholar to London, England, and completed her Ph.D. in music theory at the University of Kansas. Her presentations on music technology include the League for Innovation Conference on Information Technology, the MENC national convention, and the first annual Technology in Education Conference presented by the California Community Colleges Foundation. She is a leader in teaching theory and developing music technology curricula.

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Table of Contents

1. The Basics of Reading Music. 2. Major Scales and Key Signatures. 3. Intervals. 4. Minor Scales and Key Signatures. 5. Triads and Figured Bass. 6. Melody and Counterpoint. 7. The Basics of Diatonic Harmony. 8. Part-Writing with Root Position Chords. 9. Root Movement by Fifth. 10. Root Movement by Second. 11. Root Movement by Third. 12. Review of Harmony: Root Position Triads. 13. The Cadential Six-Four Chord. 14. First Inversion Chords. 15. The Leading Tone Triad and Other First Inversion Practices. 16. Additional Six-Four Chords. 17. Introduction to Simple Non-Harmonic Tones. 18. Appoggiaturas, Escape Tones, Pedal Tones. 19. Suspensions, Retardations, Anticipations. 20. Introduction to Seventh Chords. 21. Dominant and Leading Tone Seventh Chords. 22. Additional Seventh Chords. 23. Diatonic Modulation. 24. Review of Seventh Chords, Non-Harmonic Tones, And Modulation. Composer Index. General Index.

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