The workbooks to accompany Music in Theory and Practice, Volumes 1 and 2, provide assignments to augment those printed in the text; anthologies of music for study; strategies for learning and reviewing material; and self-testing sections to help students prepare for exams.
Three different types of assignments help students master the course material: Drill assignments provide practice of the basic material in the corresponding chapter in the text; Analysis assignments acquaint students with music literature, allowing them to view chapter material in its actual setting;and Composition exercises encourage students to try their own hands at employing musical ideas, chord progressions, phrase relationships, and so on, in the context of a musical composition.
Selected Workbook exercises are available in Finale templates though the Online Learning Center, and each new copy of the Volume 1 workbook comes with a discount code for purchase of Finale notation software at a special low price.
Bruce Benward has been widely regarded as one of the most gifted music theory pedagogues since his textbooks first appeared in the 1960s, and has exerted a wide influence on the teaching of music theory both through his writings and through the generation of teachers that he taught. He recently retired from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.