My initial thought when I opened this book was, “Wow! This is an intense book of musical theory.” It seemed more in-depth in content and difficulty than my freshman music theory course in college!” After a little research, however, I learned it is an entry level college course. This book is written from a traditional viewpoint. The author says there is no previous music theory knowledge required, but the ability to read music and play an instrument or sing is assumed. There is a thorough study of melody, rhythm and texture included to help present a more balanced view of the structure of music. There is also a section on two-part and four-part voice leading and harmonization, which are considered significant. If you have a musically gifted student who plans on majoring or minoring in music, this would be an excellent upper high school elective or fine arts credit. ~Judy
This best-selling text gives music majors and minors a solid foundation in the theory of music. It strengthens their musical intuition, builds technical skills, and helps them gain interpretive insights. The goal of the text is to instruct readers on the practical application of knowledge. The analytical techniques presented are carefully designed to be clear, uncomplicated, and readily applicable to any repertoire.
The two-volume format ensures exhaustive coverage and maximum support for students and faculty alike. Volume I serves as a general introduction to music theory while Volume II offers a survey of the theoretical underpinnings of musical styles and forms from Gregorian Chant through the present day. The supplemental instructor's materials provide clear-cut solutions to assignment materials. Music in Theory and Practice is a well-rounded textbook that integrates the various components of musical structure and makes them accessible to students at the undergraduate level.