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Years of classroom experience and a thoughtful reappraisal of the skills needed in todays musical world are reflected in Ralph Turek's new theory text. This unique project merges traditional topics such as part writing (pared and prioritized in light of current practice) and harmony (diatonic, chromatic, neotonal and atonal) with less traditional topics such as counterpoint and musical process, and with non-traditional topics such as popular-based song writing and harmonic principles in jazz and the blues.

In a style that reads more like a novel than a textbook, Theory for Today's Musician employs precise and articulate prose seasoned with “a pinch of humor, a sprinkle of analogy, and a dash of vignette.” It considers the classical, folk, popular, and jazz repertoires in equal measure, probing connections among them and offering fresh and unique perspectives. In support of his guiding principle that “If theyre not reachable, theyre not teachable,” the author has scoured the classical literature in search of familiar examples not often included in theory texts and has chosen popular, jazz, TV, and film-score examples for their durability and interest. The single-volume text is packaged with a CD-ROM containing over 350 music examples; a student workbook, and a workbook CD-ROM are available for separate purchase.

About the Author

Ralph Turek holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from the University of Cincinnati College — Conservatory of Music. He has held teaching posts at George Mason University, the University of Maryland, and The University of Akron, where he is Professor of Music Composition and Coordinator of Graduate Studies. He is the author of The Elements of Music: Concepts and Applications and of Analytical Anthology of Music, both published by McGraw-Hill.

In Theory for Today's Musician, the author brings to bear insights and pedagogy acquired over a long career of teaching music theory, analysis, and composition informed by a background in jazz and arranging; as well as other experience that includes program annotation and fiction writing. The result is a textbook unique in style, tone, and relevance to todays practicing musician and music educator.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Assorted Preliminaries

Part One: Matters of Pitch

The staff; Clefs; The grand staff; Solmization; The hexachord system; Accidentals

Part Two: Modes, Scales, and Evolution

Church modes; Evolution of scales; Musica ficta

Part Three: Metric Matters

Meter; The dot; Early meter signatures; Hypermeter

Part Four: Sound

The harmonic series; The Legend of Pythagoras; Equal temperament

Drills and Assignments

Chapter 2: Intervals

Perspective: Five Ways of Looking at an Interval

Part One: White-Key Intervals

Numerical value and quality; Chromatic alteration

Part Two: Intervals of the Major Scale

Part Three: This and That about Intervals

Enharmonic intervals; Inversion; Simple versus compound; Diatonic versus chromatic; Consonance versus dissonance

Drills and Assignments


Chapter 3: Basic Harmonic Structures

Part One: Triads

Harmony and chord; The basic triads

Part Two: Inversion

(and more...)

Product Details

Turek, Ralph
McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Langua
Instruction & Study
Instruction & Study - General
turek, theory for today s musician, music, theory, music theory, ap, honors, advanced placement, grade 11, grade 12
Music-Education and Therapy
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March 2006
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10.24x8.28x1.49 in. 3.74 lbs.

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