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From the Publisher"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."