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Elements of Music, 3rd edition

  • Joseph N. Straus

Published by Pearson (June 29th 2011) - Copyright © 2012

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Overview

The Fundamentals Text That Emphasizes Music Making

 

This music fundamentals textbook is for both aspiring music majors and non-majors.  Based on an anthology of works from music literature, it features clear, concise explanations, extensive written exercises, and a variety of suggested in-class activities. 

 

It emphasizes process of making music—emphasizing, at every stage, that music is to be heard and made—not merely seen and learned in the abstract.  All of the key topics are covered: music notation; rhythm; scales; intervals; triads; basic harmonic progressions.

 

Several supplements are available for this text.  An Audio CD ISBN 0131584197 / 9780131584198  is available including performances of key works analyzed in the text.  

  

*Music for your course is available through your Pearson Companion Website.


 

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Pitch

Lesson 1: Staff

Lesson 2: Keyboard

Lesson 3: Treble Clef

Lesson 4: Bass Clef

Lesson 5: Great Staff

 

Chapter 2: Rhythm and Meter

Lesson 6: Quarter-, half-, and whole-notes in 4/4 meter

Lesson 7: Eighth-notes and sixteenth-notes

Lesson 8: Dots and ties

Lesson 9: Rests

Lesson 10: Duple meter (2/4 and 2/2)

Lesson 11: Triple meter (3/4)

Lesson 12: Compound meter (6/8)

Lesson 13: Syncopation

 

Chapter 3: Major and Minor Scales

Lesson 14: Major scale (C-major)

Lesson 15: Major scales other than C-major

Lesson 16: Major keys and key signatures

Lesson 17: Minor scale (A minor)

Lesson 18: Minor scales other than A-minor

Lesson 19: Minor keys and key signatures

Lesson 20: Harmonic and melodic minor

 

Chapter Four: Intervals

Lesson 21: Interval size

Lesson 22: Seconds and thirds

Lesson 23: Sixths and sevenths

Lesson 24: Fourths and fifths, unisons and octaves

Lesson 25: Intervals in a major key

Lesson 26: Intervals in a minor key

 

Chapter Five: Triads and seventh chords

Lesson 27: Triads

Lesson 28: Triads in inversion

Lesson 29: Triads in major keys

Lesson 30: Triads in minor keys

Lesson 31: Seventh chords

 

Chapter Six: Fundamentals of Harmony

Lesson 32: Tonic and dominant

Lesson 33: Expanding tonic and dominant

Lesson 34: Approaching the dominant

Lesson 35: Phrase and cadence


Anthology

Harold Arlen, “Over the Rainbow”

Johann Sebastian Bach, Two Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Volume 1

No. 15 in G-major

No. 16 in G-minor

 

Johann Sebastian Bach, Two chorales from the St. Matthew Passion

Ludwig von Beethoven, Symphony No. 5, first movement

            Orchestral score

            Piano score

 

Frederic Chopin, Two Preludes from Opus 28

            No. 7 in A-major

            No. 20 in C-minor

 

Duke Ellington, “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”

W.C. Handy, “St. Louis Blues”

 

Franz Joseph Haydn, String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 3, third movement (minuet)

Quartet score

            Piano score

 

Scott Joplin, “The Entertainer”

 

Josephine Lang, Song

 

John Lennon and Paul McCartney, “Yesterday”

 

Fanny Mendelssohn, Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 11,      third movement

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Sonata in A-major, K. 331, first movement, theme and variations 1, 3, and 6        

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Dove sono” from The Marriage of Figaro

 

Matos Rodriguez, “La Cumparsita”

 

Franz Schubert, Two Songs

            “Death and the Maiden”

            “Wild Rose”

 

Robert Schumann, Song

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