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A Creative Approach to Music Fundamentals (with CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card) Paperback – Jan 10 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer; 11 edition (Jan. 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0840029993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0840029997
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,212,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I love the Focus on Skills sections. I am able to use them in a variety of ways to reinforce what I am teaching. I really like how you and your team are developing this new edition!"

"The homework is great. The materials are presented in a very clear, logical manner. Most other books have "holes" in the presentation of the material. This book is extremely well organized. Far better text than anything available."

"The text is organized well in terms of a steady progression of concept of study. While it uses musical jargon, it also speaks to the students in conversational tone and not above their heads. It covers an appropriate amount of material and does not attempt to be something it is not (it is a first-year fundamentals text)."

About the Author

An internationally known composer, acclaimed teacher of American music, and the founder of Postminimalism, William Duckworth has written more than 200 works, including the well-known Time Curve Preludes for piano. In addition to numerous teaching awards, Rolling Stone magazine called his teaching "hip, bright and innovative." Duckworth has been honored by the American Music Society as one of Six Master Teachers in America. Additionally, Cathedral, co-created with Nora Farrell and online since 1997, is one of the first interactive works of music and art on the Web. Duckworth's honors include the 2001 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Internet Award, the 2002 Award in Music from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and a 2007 Senior Fulbright Specialist Award that assigned him to the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre in Brisbane, Australia, and resulted in iOrpheus, Duckworth and Farrell's 2-year unfolding of video podcasts, stage performances, and a public opera in the streets and promenades of Brisbane's South Bank Parklands.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Don't buy it!! Feb. 23 2015
By Rose - Published on
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Worst book ever!!! There are so many pages missing. I can't do my assignments or study for exams. DONT BUT IT!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Confusing for people who hope to continue music theory past basic theory April 20 2015
By Dean Romo - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is very misleading from normal classical music theory. This book is dumbed down in a way that teaches music theory but will lead to confusion if a student chooses to continue their music theory education past the introductory stage. One specific example: he teaches a stacato accent as something different from a stacato. The stacato accent according to him is what classical trained musicians call a martellato. Little things like this dissapoint me in this book.
Did Not Include CourseMate Printed Access Card Sept. 10 2015
By Janet Juarez - Published on
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I rented this book for a music class I was taking for school since purchasing the book is so expensive and amazon offered the cheapest rental. The book I received was used and had writing in it. The writing irked me when I used it so I tried erasing whatever markings I could. But overall, the book was definitely usable.
I am disappointed that this rental is marked with the CourseMate Printed Access card. It definitely does not come with an access card. It was one of the reasons I chose to rent this specific book since the CourseMate aspect of the book is supposed to help you learn better. And when you rent the book, Amazon even tells you that it cannot guarantee that you will get an access card in the first place. The only way I could get the access card for sure was by purchasing it. It was something I did not want to do seeing as how the card was pretty expensive and I am a broke college student on a tight budget.
Except for Amazon's false advertisement of including the access card, I would recommend this book as a rental. It was cheap and served its purpose of teaching me music fundamentals (and showing the professor that yes, I did in fact get the required class textbook). As for buying this book, I cannot give any recommendations because I did not purchase it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Missing pages March 4 2015
By Jill Nihart - Published on
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The book was missing many of the practice pages that were essential to my class. I had to copy the pages from a classmates book which was something I did not want to have to do.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Music by the book Nov. 1 2013
By Glittergirl - Published on
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Just a textbook. Perhaps in the hands of an interesting teacher it would be better. On its own, not so much.