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A Creative Approach to Music Fundamentals (with CourseMate Printed Access Card) [Paperback]

William Duckworth

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Book Description

Jan. 10 2012 0840029993 978-0840029997 11
A CREATIVE APPROACH TO MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS is a reader-friendly, creative text that focuses on music fundamentals through written and aural exercises. In addition, the text strives to teach students how to create music through learning rhythm, melody, scales, intervals, and triads.

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"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great text and online access card! Sept. 2 2012
By Elisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a textbook for Music Theory and comes with an access card for the online version of same. It is exactly what the description states.
2.0 out of 5 stars Repetetive and unclear. Nov. 14 2013
By J.D. Hoglan - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to agree with the sentiments presented elsewhere. This is a rather terrible text when it comes to teaching music theory. The exercises are extremely repetetive, and the only thing that could possibly make this book useful would be a good teacher. As it stands, the concepts don't tie in together too terribly well beyond the simple relations (triads built upon intervals, etc.) and the book does little in the way of explaining why these concepts are even important at all. Only because of my background in concert music can I mildly appreciate what the book is trying to say, and even that's pushing it.

All in all, avoid this text if possible. Solid 2/5, do not buy.
3.0 out of 5 stars Music by the book Nov. 1 2013
By Glittergirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Just a textbook. Perhaps in the hands of an interesting teacher it would be better. On its own, not so much.

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