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A Practical Approach to Understanding Music Theory - 1st

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Charles Brooks, University of North Alabama

Copyright Year: 2022

Publisher: University of North Alabama

Language: English

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Reviewed by Judith Ofcarcik, Assistant Professor, James Madison University on 11/23/22

This is very much an entry-level book on the topic. It does not cover enough topics to be used as a traditional "music theory textbook," and it doesn't cover the included topics in enough depth to be a true fundamentals textbook. read more

Table of Contents

Introduction

Dedication

Section One

Section 1.1: Basics

Section 1.2: Reading Music

Section 1.3: Form and Structure

Section Two: Melody

Section 2.1: Scales

Section 2.2: Flavor of Music Using Scales

Section 2.3: Modes

Section Three: Harmony

Section 3.1: Circle of Fifths

Section 4: Rhythm

Section 4.1: Notation

Section 5: Putting it all Together

Section 5.1: Practice, Application, and Performance

Back Matter

Acknowledgements

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  • About the Book

    A Practical Approach to Understanding Music Theory is a textbook designed for the non-music performance major or music business/audio engineer who needs to professionally interface with musicians without needing to write or compose music. The material is designed around a spiral learning model in which a very simple straightforward concept is introduced, defined and explained. From this point and forward the book adds one element of music theory after another until a broad base of musical understanding and application is achieved. Even though the spiral learning model has a linear approach, the book is also laid out in a manner that any music student or hobbyist may treat it as a research manual to search out specific explanations of musical situations they encounter. This text is meant to be an all-inclusive explanation of how music is created, graphically distributed and performed for those who are not majoring in music theory, performance or education. It is aimed at those who are seeking a career in audio engineering, music business, artist representation, minoring in music, teaching lessons in a local community or someone who just wants to learn to play and understand music on a deeper level. The material is designed around a spiral learning model in which a very simple straightforward concept is introduced, defined and explained. From this point and forward the book adds one element of music theory after another until a broad base of musical understanding and application is achieved. Even though the spiral learning model has a linear approach, the book is also laid out in a manner that any music student or hobbyist may treat it as a research manual to search out specific explanations of musical situations they encounter. This text is meant to be an all-inclusive explanation of how music is created, graphically distributed and performed for those who are not majoring in music theory, performance or education. It is aimed at those who are seeking a career in audio engineering, music business, artist representation, minoring in music, teaching lessons in a local community or someone who just wants to learn to play and understand music on a deeper level.

    About the Contributors

    Author

    Charles Brooks, DMA is a professional jazz vibraphonist, percussionist, hand drummer, pianist, clinician, composer, and educator. He is a 2015, a 2017, and 2018 Grammy-nominated educator. In 2017, he was recognized by international audio component giant K&K Sound by receiving the honor of being named a 2017 K&K Sound Company Artist of the Month. In Summer 2019, his vibraphone dissertation was selected by the international Percussive Arts Society for inclusion in their research archives; his dissertation is one of only four included in those archives. In addition to teaching, composing, performing, and recording, he released his first full-length solo percussion album, Empty Hand, in January 2018. His second full-length solo album, Inward Reflection: Music for Meditation & Relaxation, was released in Summer 2019, and his third solo full-length album Soul Magnet released Fall 2019. He is currently working on his fourth album Soul Survivor.

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