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Music in World Cultures

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Mihalka  and Hunter

Publisher: University of Arkansas

License: CC BY-NC

This text provides just a small sampling of some of the various musical styles and traditions that might be found, though the skills developed in this course can be applied to any type of music.

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Read more about Fundamentals, Function, and Form: Theory and Analysis of Tonal Western Art Music

Fundamentals, Function, and Form: Theory and Analysis of Tonal Western Art Music

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributor: Mount 

Publisher: Milne Open Textbooks

License: CC BY-NC

Fundamentals, Function, and Form by Andre Mount—with editorial and pedagogical input from Lee Rothfarb—provides its readers with a comprehensive study of the theory and analysis of tonal Western art music. Mount begins by building a strong foundation in the understanding of rhythm, meter, and pitch as well as the notational conventions associated with each. From there, he guides the reader through an exploration of polyphony—the simultaneous sounding of multiple independent melodies—and an increasingly rich array of different sonorites that grow out of this practice. The book culminates with a discussion of musical form, engaging with artistic works in their entirety by considering the interaction of harmonic and thematic elements, but also such other musical dimensions as rhythm, meter, texture, and expression. Along the way, Mount supplements the text with over eight hundred musical examples which, in the online version of the text, include embedded audio files for immediate aural reinforcement of theoretical concepts. Most of these examples are drawn from the literature, including nearly 200 excerpts by women and other underrepresented groups. The reader is also given the opportunity to check their understanding of the text with interactive exercises at every step of the way. Fundamentals, Function, and Form was written with the undergraduate music student in mind, but self-guided readers would also be rewarded with a deep understanding of this musical tradition.

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Read more about Music Theory for the 21st-Century Classroom

Music Theory for the 21st-Century Classroom

Copyright Year: 2017

Contributor: Hutchinson

Publisher: Robert Hutchinson

License: Free Documentation License (GNU)

Music Theory for the 21st–Century Classroom is an openly–licensed online four–semester college music theory textbook. This text differs from other music theory textbooks by focusing less on four–part (SATB) voiceleading and more on relating harmony to the phrase. Also, in traditional music theory textbooks, there is little emphasis on motivic analysis and analysis of melodic units smaller than the phrase. In my opinion, this led to students having difficulty with creating melodies, since the training they are given is typically to write a “melody” in quarter notes in the soprano voice of part writing exercises. When the assignments in those texts ask students to do more than this, the majority of the students struggle to create a melody with continuity and with appropriate placement of harmonies within a phrase because the text had not prepared them to do so.

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Read more about Guide to Italian art in the 1400s

Guide to Italian art in the 1400s

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributors: Ezra, Harris, and Zucker

Publisher: Smarthistory

License: CC BY-NC-SA

This book contains all of Smarthistory’s content for Italian art in the 1400s.

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Read more about Guide to Italian art in the 1300s

Guide to Italian art in the 1300s

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributors: Ezra, Harris, and Zucker

Publisher: Smarthistory

License: CC BY-NC-SA

This book contains all of Smarthistory’s content for Italian art in the 1300s.

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Read more about Brass Techniques and Pedagogy

Brass Techniques and Pedagogy

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributor: Weidner

Publisher: Palni Press

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Textbook for undergraduate brass methods course focusing on brass instrument techniques and pedagogy.

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Read more about Resonances: Engaging Music in Its Cultural Context

Resonances: Engaging Music in Its Cultural Context

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributor: Morgan-Ellis

Publisher: University of North Georgia Press

License: CC BY-SA

Welcome to Resonances: Engaging Music in Its Cultural Context! Although this book is intended primarily for use in the college music appreciation classroom, it was designed with consideration for independent learners, advanced high school students, and experienced musicians. That is to say, it includes enough detail that expert guidance is not required and is written using broadly-accessible language. At the same time, it addresses advanced topics and positions music as a serious object of study.

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Read more about Music on the Move

Music on the Move

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributor: Fosler-Lussier

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

License: CC BY-NC

Music is a mobile art. When people move to faraway places, whether by choice or by force, they bring their music along. Music creates a meaningful point of contact for individuals and for groups; it can encourage curiosity and foster understanding; and it can preserve a sense of identity and comfort in an unfamiliar or hostile environment. As music crosses cultural, linguistic, and political boundaries, it continually changes. While human mobility and mediation have always shaped music-making, our current era of digital connectedness introduces new creative opportunities and inspiration even as it extends concerns about issues such as copyright infringement and cultural appropriation.

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Read more about Technical Theatre Practicum - Version 1

Technical Theatre Practicum - Version 1

Copyright Year: 2019

Contributor: Boltz

Publisher: College of the Canyons

License: CC BY

Welcome to the exciting world of technical theatre. Studying this topic can lead to many different careers in several different sectors of the economy. The general skills needed for any of the careers or sectors have many things in common. Workers need to be dead-line oriented, as most productions have firm timelines that cannot be altered. Critical thinking and analysis are much needed skills. Almost every project in the field is unique and technicians and designers alike must discover the best way of reaching a project’s goal. Creative problem solving is trait successful practitioners have in common. With every project being unique, there are no guaranteed solutions to the problems that are presented. Technicians draw on their vast experience of what worked in the past that can be adapted to be a solution to the current problems. Clear communication and collaboration round out the necessary skills. No technical theatre project is ever handled by one person on their own. Collaboration with many people is the norm, and successful collaboration requires clear written and verbal communication skills.

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Read more about Vocal Techniques for the Instrumentalist - 2nd edition

Vocal Techniques for the Instrumentalist - 2nd edition

Copyright Year: 2018

Contributor: Rosine

Publisher: New Prairie Press

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Vocal Techniques, the course title used at many institutions, is essentially a voice class for instrumentalists, and is a required course for instrumental music education majors seeking all-level certification. Students take at least one Vocal Techniques course to learn proper singing technique along with basic pedagogy and can include teaching techniques as they apply to adolescent singers. The focus of the course is the development of the individual singing voice. This includes breathing, tone production, articulation, musicality and textual expression and understanding. Students also develop confidence in front of groups, improve their general vocal quality, and learn that a healthy voice serves them well in the general and performance classroom.

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