The Practice of Harmony

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9780131826601: The Practice of Harmony

For freshman/sophomore courses in Basic Music Theory, Lower Division Theory and Theory I-IV.

With an emphasis on learning and understanding by doing, this text/workbook takes students from music fundamentals through harmony in common practice to some of the more important harmonic procedures of the 20th century. The approach is “additive” throughout, allowing students to use what was learned in one chapter to help comprehension of the materials in the next. This allows for minimum of memorization since students repeatedly use the concepts throughout the semester.

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Balancing theory and practice, this volume presents a four--part analysis of the basic components of harmony.

  • Part One covers the rudiments of music theory, ensuring that students have a solid grasp of the fundamentals before going on to more advanced material.
  • Parts Two and Three explore the principles of tertian harmony as they pertain to common practice, stressing learning by doing. After each new concept is introduced, several pages of carefully graduated exercises are presented.
  • Part Four surveys the important harmonic procedures of the twentieth century. The author also emphasizes the exposition of theoretical procedures rather than focusing on individual composer's interpretations of them.

For additional reinforcement, teaching and learning aids include numerous musical examples, a note format that highlights important features in the examples, in-text drills and writing exercises, and Suggestions and Strategies to help students prepare for the exercises.

Parts Two, Three, and Four include analytical exercises cross-referenced with three major anthologies.

About the Author:

Barbara Bennett is a Lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of California, Riverside, where she teaches a three-part series of classes on harmonic theory. A composer and pianist as well as a teacher, Dr. Bennett is active in the College Music Society and the National Association of Composers, USA (NACUSA), having served as an officer on both national boards. Besides harmony, she also teaches Advanced Music Fundamentals and Introduction to Western Music at UC Riverside. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music at the University of Georgia, and her D. M. from The Florida State University.

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