This book Will
-teach the notation of music to those who have never known it before
-serve as a systematic reminder for those who once knew how to read music but have forgotten most of it
-serve as a practical classroom text book in the rudiments of music
-serve as a helpful reference book for the student in music appreciation and related courses
This book Will Not
-teach you to sing like Tebaldi
-make you a wizard at the piano or any other instrument
-turn you into an Irving Berlin or a Beethoven
But it will teach Anyone—even the tone-deaf—to read melodies and pick them out on the piano.
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About the Author
Howard Shanet is Associate Professor of Music at Columbia University and Conductor of the University Orchestra, which, under his guidance, has gained a reputation for the daring and unconventional programs it offers the public. He has been guest conductor of the New York Philharmonic in its Young People's series, the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, the CBS Symphony, and orchestras in Holland, Israel and elsewhere. Before that, he was assistant conductor to Leonard Bernstein and to the late Serge Koussevitzky.
As a writer on musical subjects, he has been Program Annotator for the New York Philharmonic and the New York City Symphony. Subscribers to Music-Appreciation Records are familiar with the long series of recorded lectures and printed essays he prepared for that organization. He is also the author of a history of the New York Philharmonic.
Mr. Shanet received his training in conducting from such masters as Serge Koussevitzky, Fritz Stiedry and Rudolph Thomas; in composition from Arthur Honegger, Bohuslav Martinu and Nikolai Lopatnikoff; in musicology from Paul Henry Lang. He holds two degrees from Columbia University.
As Mr. Shanet explains in his Introduction, he taught the contents of this book to more than a thousand students when he was conductor of the symphony orchestra at Huntington, West Virginia. Since then, tens of thousands of others have taught themselves from this book, and untold numbers have learned from Mr. Shanet's television series, also called “Learn to Read Music.”
Read an Excerpt
Many people who love music and have a wide hearing acquaintance with it suffer from a feeling of inferiority because they cannot read music and are timid about asserting their opinions in the company of musicians. They may have excellent taste and judgment concerning what they hear, but they wilt before the professional because of his technical knowledge. The layman in literature and art will stand up for his ideas, but the poor music lover is apt to back down and feel that somehow he has got beyond his depth. So music becomes something mysterious to him and the musician a strange fellow who lives in a world different from his.
Obviously, musicians are the best judges of music, but non-professional opinion should not be brushed aside. The layman is the consumer and patron and what he thinks is important. He will find that with technical knowledge music loses none of its magic, but he will be able to see through some of the hocus-pocus now. The ability to read music is the first step and can make him feel that what he has to say about programs and performances is entitled to the professional's respect.
Educators think wistfully that some day notation may be taught in the elementary schools along with the alphabet. Children could master it easily, and many of them would have a lifetime of pleasure from the skill. But it is not being done, and the concert halls are filled with eager people who have found out too late that they are missing something important.
To these frustrated individuals, Howard Shanet's Learn to Read Music will come as a happy surprise. Not only because of its clarity and competence but also because of the author's infectious spirit of optimism, the reader will arrive at confidence and hope.
MacDowell Professor of Music
Copyright © 1956 by Howard Shanet
Table of Contents
WHAT THIS BOOK WILL DO
HOW THIS BOOK CAME TO BE WRITTEN
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
PART ONE Notation of Rhythm
Combinations of Note Symbols
Combinations of Notes and Rests
Short Table of Tempo Indications
Some Characteristic Rhythms in 2/4 Meter
Some Characteristic Rhythms in 3/4 Meter
Some Characteristic Rhythms in 4/4 Meter
Exercises: Reading Rhythms
PART TWO Notation of Pitch
Pitch of a Vibrating String
Early Notation Methods
Exercises: Identifying Notes
The Piano Keyboard
Table of Visual Patterns to Aid in Identifying Notes at the Keyboard
Exercises: The Keyboard
The Key Signature
PART THREE Combination of Rhythmic and Pitch Notations
"Au Clair de la Lune"
The Doxology ("Old Hundred")
PART FOUR Supplementary Symbols and Devices
Symbols for Dynamics
Symbols for Articulation, Style, etc.
PART FIVE Tonality
APPENDIX ONE Scales and Key Signatures
The Major Scale
Constructing Major Scales
Key Signatures, Major Scales
The Minor Scale
Key Signatures, Major and Minor Scales
APPENDIX TWO Vocabulary of Some Important Foreign Terms Used in Music
Terms Used to Indicate Tempo
Terms Used to Indicate Change of Tempo
Terms Used to Indicate Volume of Sound
Terms Used to Indicate Change of Volume
Terms Used to Indicate Simultaneous Reduction of Tempo and Volume
Qualifying Terms Used to Indicate Mood, Degree, Intensity, or Style
APPENDIX THREE The C-Clefs
The Alto Clef
The Tenor Clef
Comparison of Clefs
Names of Octaves
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Even after earning a B.A. in vocal music, I still had trouble quickly sightreading musical scores during stressful rehearsals. 'Learn to Read Music' refreshed my knowledge of musical notation and also helped me find a quick way to grasp rhythmical variations. After many years of singing professionally, I still mark all of my musical scores using his 'tap' system and find I am a much better sightreader and concert performer. In addition, I have used this text to teach some of my singing students ways to improve their sightreading.