The basic elements of music are surveyed and examined in the music literature of western civilization, particularly from the ancient world to the present. It focuses on the characteristic styles of... More > major historical periods, and the lives and works of key composers within the Western musical tradition. The emphasis of this book is on learning to listen to music and on the role it plays within the wider contexts of history and society.< Less
As you begin to think about how music is structured, you should consider one very important aspect of your musical education: music theory. Your understanding of music theory is an essential element... More > in your training, whether you specialize as a performing artist, a music technician, a music teacher, a music composer or in any other music-related field. Whatever your interest, a grasp of the fundamental concepts as they relate to harmony, melody, rhythm, form and structure is necessary.
This book has been designed to help you prepare for a successful experience in college as music major or minor. It is a self-help tool for learning the fundamentals of music formatted as an interactive course that requires a great bit of reading and reasoning.< Less