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Open Music Theory - Version 2

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Mark Gotham

Kyle Gullings

Chelsey Hamm

Publisher: Oklahoma State University

Language: English

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Reviewed by Judith Ofcarcik, Assistant Professor, James Madison University on 11/20/23

This book can be used for a traditional theory curriculum but also covers pop music, jazz, and orchestration. read more

Reviewed by William O'Hara, Assistant Professor, Gettysburg College on 11/5/22

OMT2 offers thorough coverage of current topics in music theory, and can easily serve as a textbook for fundamentals courses, standard undergraduate theory sequences, and introductions to post-tonal theory. Not all of its chapters are complete... read more

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgments
  • Statement on Spotify Usage
  • Instructor Resources
  • Changelog
  • Für Deutschsprachige
  • I. Fundamentals
  • II. Counterpoint and Galant tSchemas
  • III. Form
  • IV. Diatonic Harmony, Tonicization, and Modulation
  • V. Chromaticism
  • VI. Jazz
  • VII. Popular Music
  • VIII. 20th-and 21st-Century Techniques
  • IX. Twelve-Tone Music
  • X. Orchestration
  • Anthology
  • Workbook
  • Chapter in Development

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About the Book

Open Music Theory Version 2 (OMT2) is an open educational resource intended to serve as the primary text and workbook for undergraduate music theory curricula. As an open and natively-online resource, OMT2 is substantially different from other commercially-published music theory textbooks, though it still provides the same content that teachers expect from a music theory text.

OMT2 has been designed inclusively. For us, this means broadening our topics beyond the standard harmony and atonal theory topics to include fundamentals, musical form, jazz, pop, and orchestration. And within those traditional sections of harmony and atonal theory, the authors have deliberately chosen composers who represent diverse genders and races. The book is accessible. And perhaps most importantly, the book is completely free and always will be.

The text of the book is augmented with several different media: video lessons, audio, interactive notated scores with playback, and small quizzes are embedded directly into each chapter for easy access.

OMT2 introduces a full workbook to accompany the text. Almost every chapter offers at least one worksheet on that topic. Some chapters, especially in the Fundamentals section, also collect additional assignments that can be found on other websites.

Version 2 of this textbook is collaboratively authored and edited by Mark Gotham, Kyle Gullings, Chelsey Hamm, Bryn Hughes, Brian Jarvis, Megan Lavengood, and John Peterson.

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Mark Gotham

Kyle Gullings

Chelsey Hamm

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