Music in Theory and Practice Volume 1 13 9780078025150

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.

Music in Theory and Practice Volume 1

Music in Theory and Practice Volume 1

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Grade Levels: 13
MHID: 007802515X |  ISBN 13: 9780078025150
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New Features

The ninth edition of Music in Theory and Practice has been revised to eliminate as many awkward page turns and cross-references as possible.

A series of pedagogical “practice” instructions have been added to guide students through their initial efforts at understanding concepts.

Several new full-length compositions have been added to allow students additional opportunity to study complete works rather than isolated sections of a composition.

Recordings posted online for this edition of Music in Theory and Practice are identified throughout the texts and workbooks with the following graphic: ♫.

New, easily accessible recordings: audio files for the main texts and workbooks are now available on the Music in Theory and Practice Online Learning Center; eliminating the need for CDs and making the music easily accessible online.

Key Features

Two-Volume Format: The two volumes provide a complete basis for the study of music theory. Each spiral-bound volume maintains an outline that ensures conciseness, efficiency, and ease in locating specific topics.

Thorough and Comprehensive Coverage: Music in Theory and Practice includes a thorough study of the fundamentals of music and the structural elements of melody, rhythm, and texture. In this way, the authors hope to present a more balanced view of the structure of music, rather than concentrating exclusively on harmony and voice leading.

Historical perspective: Each chapter includes a short section labeled "History" which relates the top at hand to the history of music. A brief overview of music history and its relation to European and American history is included in appendix D.

Integrated teaching and learning package: This textbook is a part of a carefully integrated package. An instructor's manual accompanies each volume. It offers helpful hints in presenting class material and answers to objective text assignments. Two workbook/anthologies for students and solutions manuals for those workbook/anthologies are also available.

Encoded musical examples throughout the text include ample workspace and staff-size adjustments to facilitate student work.

Assignment sections for both volumes of the Music in Theory and Practice textbook provide additional practice materials for students. The course-tested assignments are appropriate for both in-class study and homework.

Wide-ranging musical examples included throughout the two volumes, which features music from the Renaissance to the contemporary period. The text integrates a study of jazz and popular music, which is indigenous to American culture, into the traditional study of European art music.

Macro analysis, which enhances student perception, has been fully integrated into both volumes in this edition.

Recordings accompany each of the textbooks for this edition of Music in Theory and Practice.

Music in Theory and Practice Volume 1


Introduction: The Materials of Music: Sound and Time

Part A: The Fundamentals of Music

1 Notation

2 Scales, Tonality, Key, Modes

3 Intervals and Transposition

4 Chords

Part B: The Structural Elements of Music

5 Cadences and Nonharmonic Tones

6 Melodic Organization

7 Texture and Textural Reduction

8 Species Counterpoint

9 Voice Leading in Four-Part Chorale Writing

10 Harmonic Progression and Harmonic Rhythm

11 The Dominant Seventh Chord

12 The Leading-Tone Seventh Chords

13 Nondominant Seventh Chords

14 Secondary Dominants and Leading-Tone Chords

15 Modulation

16 Two-Part (Binary) Form

17 Three-Part (Ternary) Form

Appendix A Summary of Part-Writing Practices

Appendix B Macro Analysis Symbols

Appendix C Popular Music Chord Symbols

Appendix D Expression Marks

Appendix E Instrument Ranges, Transpositions, and Foreign Names

Appendix F History



Musical Examples Subject Index

About the Author

Bruce Benward

Bruce Benward has been widely regarded as one of the most gifted music theory pedagogues since his textbooks first appeared in the 1960s, and has exerted a wide influence on the teaching of music theory both through his writings and through the generation of teachers that he taught. He recently retired from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Marilyn Saker