Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Music Theory 5 Chapter 1: What Is Music Theory, Anyway? 7 Chapter 2: Determining What Notes Are Worth 13 Chapter 3: Giving It a Rest 29 Chapter 4: Introducing Time Signatures 39 Chapter 5: Playing with Beat 53 Part II: Putting Notes Together 61 Chapter 6: Music Notes (And Where to Find Them) 63 Chapter 7: Mastering the Major and Minor Scales 81 Chapter 8: Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths 95 Chapter 9: Intervals: The Distance Between Pitches 109 Chapter 10: Chord Building 135 Chapter 11: Chord Progressions 169 Part III: Musical Expression through Tempo and Dynamics 187 Chapter 12: Creating Varied Sound through Tempo and Dynamics 189 Chapter 13: Instrument Tone Color and Acoustics 201 Part IV: Musical Expression through Form 207 Chapter 14: The Building Blocks of Music: Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, and Song Form 209 Chapter 15: Relying on Classical Forms 221 Chapter 16: Tapping Into Popular Genres and Forms 231 Part V: The Part of Tens 239 Chapter 17: Ten Frequently Asked Questions about Music Theory 241 Chapter 18: Ten Keys to Reading a Musical Score 247 Chapter 19: Ten Music Theorists You Should Know About 251 Part VI: Appendixes 259 Appendix A: Audio Tracks 261 Appendix B: Chord Chart 267 Appendix C: Glossary 305 Index 309
Mike Pilhofer holds a Masters of Music in Music Education with a Jazz Emphasis from the Eastman School of Music and is an in-demand clinician. Holly Day's work has appeared in over 3,000 print and electronic publications internationally.
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