Essentials of Music Theory
Andrew Surmani, Karen Farnum Surmani & Morton Manus
- Alfred Music Publishing
A revolutionary approach to music theory! This state-of-the-art series of books and recordings is carefully designed to make theory easier to learn and teach. It really works! One of the many features that sets this method apart is its emphasis on ear training to help students grasp the traditional theory concepts. Each unit has an ear training page, so students can hear what they have just learned. (The teacher can use either the recordings on CD or play the examples on the keyboard.) Treble and bass clefs are used alternately in the examples, and well-known music is used to reinforce the lessons, including 24 classical excerpts and 38 folk songs from 14 different countries! This remarkable course covers all of the basics, including blues scales and chord progressions, modes, solfege and transposition, while crossword puzzles, word searches, note naming, and dynamics recognition games help to make learning fun! And the ear-training CDs use acoustic instruments, such as flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, trombone, violin and cello, as well as piano, rather than synthesizer or piano only. Now's the time to bring your classes up to date with the freshest, most "user-friendly" theory method available! Your students will be glad you did!