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Learn to Read Music

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

This book Will

1 teach the notation of music to those who have never known it before

2 serve as a systematic reminder for those who once knew how to read music but have forgotten most of it

3 serve as a practical classroom text book in the rudiments of music

4 serve as a helpful reference book for the student in music appreciation and related courses

This book Will Not

1 teach you to sing like Tebaldi

2 make you a wizard at the piano or any other instrument

3 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

Synopsis:

In two hours, absolute novices can read through this book and understand the principles involved in reading music. In two evenings, they can learn to read practically any melody and pick it out on the piano by doing the clear and simple exercises provided. Howard Shanet has taught thousands of people to read music in four hours of classwork with his proven method and exercises! A practical classroom text and a helpful reference for music enthusiasts. 5-1/4 inch. x 8 inch.

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."

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

PREFACE

WHAT THIS BOOK WILL DO

HOW THIS BOOK CAME TO BE WRITTEN

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK

PART ONE Notation of Rhythm

SECTIONS

First Steps

Note Symbols

Combinations of Note Symbols

Additional Symbols

Rests

Combinations of Notes and Rests

Tempo

Short Table of Tempo Indications

Meter

Rhythm Patterns

Some Characteristic Rhythms in 2/4 Meter

Some Characteristic Rhythms in 3/4 Meter

Some Characteristic Rhythms in 4/4 Meter

Other Meters

Compound Meters

Exercises: Reading Rhythms

PART TWO Notation of Pitch

SECTIONS

Pitch of a Vibrating String

Early Notation Methods

The Staff

Clefs

Exercises: Identifying Notes

Leger Lines

Accidentals

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

SECTIONS

"Au Clair de la Lune"

"America"

The Doxology ("Old Hundred")

"Jingle Bells"

PART FOUR Supplementary Symbols and Devices

SECTIONS

Repetitions

Ornaments

Symbols for Dynamics

Symbols for Articulation, Style, etc.

PART FIVE Tonality

SECTIONS

APPENDIX ONE Scales and Key Signatures

SECTIONS

Scales

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

SECTIONS

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

SECTIONS

The Alto Clef

The Tenor Clef

Hybrid Clefs

Comparison of Clefs

Names of Octaves

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671210274
Author:
Shanet, Howard
Publisher:
Fireside Books
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Instruction and study
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Instruction & Study
Subject:
Theory
Subject:
Sight-reading (Music)
Subject:
Prog. learning
Subject:
Music theory
Subject:
Music -- Theory, Elementary.
Subject:
Sight-reading
Subject:
Songbooks - General
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Theory
Subject:
Instruction & Study - General
Subject:
Printed Music - General
Subject:
Music-Theory and Composition
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
1395
Publication Date:
February 1971
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
172
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 7.455 oz

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"Synopsis" by , In two hours, absolute novices can read through this book and understand the principles involved in reading music. In two evenings, they can learn to read practically any melody and pick it out on the piano by doing the clear and simple exercises provided. Howard Shanet has taught thousands of people to read music in four hours of classwork with his proven method and exercises! A practical classroom text and a helpful reference for music enthusiasts. 5-1/4 inch. x 8 inch.
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