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    Music Theory for the 21st-Century Classroom

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    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 Music on the Move

    Music on the Move

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    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 Music Fundamentals 1: Pitch and Major Scales and Keys

    Music Fundamentals 1: Pitch and Major Scales and Keys

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    Contributors: Ewell and Schmidt-Jones

    Publisher: OpenStax CNX

    License: CC BY

    This collection is the first of five dealing with the rudiments of music.

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    Read more about Music Fundamentals 2: Rhythm and Meter

    Music Fundamentals 2: Rhythm and Meter

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    Contributors: Ewell and Schmidt-Jones

    Publisher: OpenStax CNX

    License: CC BY

    This collection is the second of five dealing with the rudiments of music.

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    Read more about Music: Its Language, History, and Culture

    Music: Its Language, History, and Culture

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    Contributor: Cohen

    Publisher: CUNY Academic Works

    License: CC BY-NC-SA

    Welcome to Music 1300, Music: Its Language History, and Culture. The course has a numberof interrelated objectives:1. To introduce you to works representative of a variety of music traditions.These include the repertoires of Western Europe from the Middle Agesthrough the present; of the United States, including art music, jazz, folk, rock, musical theater; and from at least two non-Western world areas (Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Indian subcontinent).2. To enable you to speak and write about the features of the music you study,employing vocabulary and concepts of melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, timbre,and form used by musicians.3. To explore with you the historic, social, and cultural contexts and the role of class, ethnicity, and gender in the creation and performance of music,including practices of improvisation and the implications of oral andnotated transmission.4. To acquaint you with the sources of musical sounds—instruments and voices fromdifferent cultures, found sounds, electronically generated sounds; basic principlesthat determine pitch and timbre.5. To examine the influence of technology, mass media, globalization, and transnationalcurrents on the music of today.The chapters in this reader contain definitions and explanations of musical terms and concepts,short essays on subjects related to music as a creative performing art, biographical sketchesof major figures in music, and historical and cultural background information on music fromdifferent periods and places.

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    Read more about Music and the Child

    Music and the Child

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    Contributor: Sarrazin

    Publisher: Open SUNY

    License: CC BY-NC-SA

    Children are inherently musical. They respond to music and learn through music. Music expresses children's identity and heritage, teaches them to belong to a culture, and develops their cognitive well-being and inner self worth. As professional instructors, childcare workers, or students looking forward to a career working with children, we should continuously search for ways to tap into children's natural reservoir of enthusiasm for singing, moving and experimenting with instruments. But how, you might ask? What music is appropriate for the children I'm working with? How can music help inspire a well-rounded child? How do I reach and teach children musically? Most importantly perhaps, how can I incorporate music into a curriculum that marginalizes the arts?

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