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Fundamentals of Music Theory

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Nikki Moran, Reid School of Music

Michael Edwards, Folkwang University of the Arts

Richard Worth, University of Liverpool

Zack Moir, Edinburgh Napier University

John Kitchen, The University of Edinburgh

Copyright Year: 2021

Publisher: University of Edinburgh

Language: English

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Reviewed by MARK ZANTER, Professor, Marshall University on 12/28/21

It's difficult to comment on the comprehensiveness of the text without knowing to which audience the author is writing. For an independent adult learner or music hobbyist, the text is an enjoyable introduction to the subject with enough general... read more

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Topic 0 Music theory in critical and global context 
  • Topic 1 Musical notes, scales, and the rudiments of notation
  • Topic 2 Tonal music language - concepts and theory
  • Topic 3 Musical Time and Rhythm
  • Topic 4 More on Chords
  • Topic 5 Music theory code-breaking reference guide
  • Topic 6 Chord functions in practice

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  • About the Book

    This open e-book is the result of a project funded by a University of Edinburgh Student Experience Grant, Open e-Textbooks for access to music education. The project was a collaboration between Open Educational Resources Service, and staff and student interns from the Reid School of Music. As a proof-of-concept endeavour, the project aimed to explore how effectively we could convert existing course content into convenient and reusable open formats suitable for use by staff and students both within and beyond the University.  The resulting e-book presents open licensed educational materials that deal with the building blocks of musical stave (sometimes known as staff) notation, a language designed to communicate about musical ideas which is in use around the world. The resources in this e-book include video lectures and their transcripts, as well as supporting text explanations, examples and illustrations. The materials introduce topics such as the organisation of discrete pitches into scales and intervals, and temporal organisation of musical sounds as duration, in rhythm and metre. These rudiments are presented through an introduction to the elements of five-line stave notation, and through critical discussion of the advantages and limitations served by notational systems in the representation and analysis of musical sounds. This serves as the basis of further explanations, to illustrate musical concepts including key, time signature, harmonisation, cadence and modulation. We anticipate that subsequent versions of this e-book will update and develop the contents and presentation of the materials, following the success of this student-led collaboration.

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    Nikki Moran, Reid School of Music

    Michael Edwards, Folkwang University of the Arts

    Richard Worth, University of Liverpool

    Zack Moir, Edinburgh Napier University

    John Kitchen, The University of Edinburgh