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Randall Harlow, University of Northern Iowa

Heather Peyton, University of Northern Iowa

Jonathan Clarke Schwabe, University of Northern Iowa

Daniel Swilley, University of Northern Iowa

Copyright Year: 2023

Publisher: Iowa State University Digital Press

Language: English

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Table of Contents

  • About the Contributors
  • Introduction
  • Why Study Music Theory
  • Chapter 1: Basics of Rhythm and Meter
  • Chapter 2: Basics of Pitch
  • Chapter 3: Scales and Modes
  • Chapter 4: Intervals
  • Chapter 5: Introduction to Chords
  • Chapter 6: Functional Harmony
  • Chapter 7: Melody
  • Chapter 8: Melodic Form
  • Chapter 9: Introduction to Counterpoint
  • Chapter 10: Voice Leading in Harmonic Progressions
  • Chapter 11: Harmonizing a Melody
  • Music Theory Workbook
  • Sight Singing and Aural Training Supplement

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  • About the Book

    This OER presents an integrated suite of learning resources developed for the core music theory and musicianship curriculum at the University of Northern Iowa School of Music. It provides a more comprehensive symbiosis of musicianship and music theory learning than can be found in existing textbooks, including engaging and progressive video demonstrations and interactive listening and vocal exercises that integrate musical knowledge with foundational musical skills.

    About the Contributors


    Randall Harlow is Associate Professor of Organ and Music Theory at the University of Northern Iowa. He teaches courses throughout the core undergraduate music theory and musicianship curriculum, graduate music theory seminars, and an interdisciplinary honors music course. He is an active performer who specializes in contemporary repertoire and innovative approaches to organ performance. His research focuses on deep Gesture as the catalyst for the dynamic networking of cognitive and social dimensions fundamental to music making, listening and discourse, while a related strand of his work pursues theoretical and artistic research into the ecology of technologically-augmented “hyper-acoustic” musicking.

    Heather Peyton is Associate Professor of Oboe and Music Theory at the University of Northern Iowa where she teaching classes in the core undergraduate theory sequence. Dr. Peyton is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including winning honorable mention as a finalist in the prestigious Gillet-Fox International Oboe Competition. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and contemporary music ensembles throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and has performed as a member or guest with groups like the Orquestra Sinfônica da Universidade de Caxias do Sul, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Ensemble Pentaèdre, and the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Quebéc.

    Jonathan Clarke Schwabe is Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of Northern Iowa.  His work for youth orchestra As I Remember was performed at the Kennedy Center in the summer of 1999 and received numerous subsequent performances in the US and Europe. Two chamber operas The Hard Years (libretto by Beth Webb Hart), and The Sojourner (based on the story by Carson McCullers) were presented at the Maude Powell Music Festival. Other collaborations include the score for the musical comedy The Bake Shop Ghost with author Jacqueline Ogburn and Peter Pan with choreographer Gloria Touhy (Indiana Ballet Theatre).

    Daniel Swilley is Assistant Professor of Music specializing in Composition, Theory, and Music Technology at the University of Northern Iowa. His music and research have been presented at festivals and conferences such as June in Buffalo, SEAMUS, Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, Understanding Visual Music Symposium, NoiseFloor, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, Studio 300, Audiograft, Electroacoustic Juke Joint, College Music Society, as well as Society of Composer’s Inc.

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