The Practice of Harmony, Books a la Carte, 7th edition

  • Peter Spencer
  • Barbara Bennett


For courses in Music Theory
A text/workbook combination that gives students the tools to understand harmonic structures
With an emphasis on learning by doing, The Practice of Harmony, Seventh Edition takes students from music fundamentals through harmony in common practice to some of the more important harmonic procedures of the 20th century. Its approach is “additive” — enabling students to use what was learned in one chapter to understand material in the next — to minimize rote memorization, since students repeatedly use the concepts throughout the semester. The text begins with an overview of music fundamentals; the middle addresses the use of harmony in common practice; and the concluding section offers a basic glimpse of the harmonic practices of the 20th century. The authors intentionally avoid elaborate descriptions of their conceptual framework and refrain from specifying instructional methods, thereby allowing instructors a wide spectrum of teaching approaches in the classroom.

NOTE: This ISBN is for a Pearson Books a la Carte edition: a convenient, three-hole-punched, loose-leaf text. In addition to the flexibility offered by this format, Books a la Carte editions offer students great value, as they cost significantly less than a bound textbook.

Table of contents

1. Clefs and Basic Pitch Notation
2. Scales
3. Key Signatures and Scale Degrees
4. Intervals
5. Triads
6. The Notation of Rhythm
7. Four-Part Vocal Writing
8. Primary Triads in Root Position
9. Primary Triads in First Inversion
10. Primary Triads in Second Inversion
11. Secondary Triads
12. The Harmonization of Melodies I
13. Nonchord Tones I
14. Nonchord Tones II
15. Diatonic Seventh Chords
16. The Harmonization of Melodies II
17. Writing for the Piano
18. Secondary Dominants
19. Secondary Diminished Seventh Chords
20. Augmented Sixth Chords
21. Borrowed Chords
22. The Neapolitan
23. Common Chord Modulation
24. Abrupt and Enharmonic Modulation
25. Ninth, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Chords
26. Chord Symbols
27. Modal Harmony
28. Nonfunctional Harmony
29. Artificial Scales
30. Nontertian Harmony
31. Harmonic Procedures in Twelve-Tone Serialism

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Published by Pearson (February 23rd 2017) - Copyright © 2018