The first in a series of books presenting a lively, vibrant and fresh approach to Music Theory. The information has been made accessible, fun and engaging for either the 21st Century musician, or the curious and interested listener, of any age.
It is a step-by-step guide which assumes no prior knowledge. The pages are packed with clear and concise explanations, underpinned by hundreds of bold and imaginative illustrations, helpful audio files, animations and inter-actives, and these are backed up by games and study cards for self-testing along the way. The progression, both within each topic and also in the ordering of the various chapters, has been carefully considered, and is both user-friendly and logical.
What it covers:
- The symbols of notation: notes, rests, accidentals, pitch and rhythm
- The link between written music and sounds made on a keyboard
- Key structures: Modes, Major, Minor, Chromatic, key signatures and scales
- Intervals: the different types, numbering, naming, how they might be used
- Time: pulse, tempo, time signatures (simple, compound and irregular), their interpretation, function and rules
This book lays the foundations of the Grade 5 Theory exam requirements. 'Grade 5' is a qualification frequently sought in the UK before a student will move on to more advanced practical instrumental or singing exams. The other requirements for this level of test are due to be covered in the rest of the series.
The author, Jane Emmanuel, has been teaching classical singing and music theory to both children and adults, for over 30 years. This book arises from her long experience of communicating these concepts to countless students reluctant to even start this amazing journey. Mark Proctor's design has been key in helping to transform this subject from the perceived 'dull and boring’ and maybe even a little ’scary', into a vivid, stimulating and much more enjoyable experience.