Real music actively engages students
The Musician’s Guide to Fundamentals invites students to learn how music works first and foremost by engaging with real musical compositions. Every chapter starts with music. A core repertoire of 25 complete anthology pieces—in classical, popular, and folk styles—returns throughout the text to acquaint students with important musical ideas. Hundreds of brief musical examples from Bach to the Black Eyed Peas and beyond illustrate every musical concept. And The Musician’s Guide to Fundamentals features more popular music than any other text, making it appealing and accessible to today’s students.
Outstanding recordings enable students to hear everything instantly
The Musical Example Recordings, packaged free with the text and available streaming from StudySpace, feature exceptional performances by ensembles ranging from jazz combo to string quartet. Performed mostly by faculty at the Eastman School of Music, these recordings feature the core repertoire in the anthology, as well as hundreds of short examples, performed on a variety of instruments, all in top quality sound. Students instantly hear every example they encounter in the text, engaging their ears as well as their eyes.
Strong written and aural exercises develop essential skills
Strong written exercises reinforce every concept. Try its in every chapter give students the opportunity to practice key skills and test their understanding; answers are included at the end of the text. Workbook assignments at the end of every chapter hone skills with abundant drill and practice. Aural Skills exercises and class activities in each chapter help students develop their ears. Composition exercises interspersed throughout the text lead students step-by-step to writing and performing their own songs.
Student-friendly pedagogy teaches students what they need to know to write and make music
Throughout every chapter, Key Concept and Summary boxes highlight and summarize essential information. Another Way boxes offer alternative explanations for important ideas, recognizing that students learn in a variety of ways. Key terms (in boldface) are explained in the text, defined in the glossary, and reinforced with flashcards on the website for review. Did You Know boxes explain the historical background of featured composers and pieces. Reading Reviews enable students to test their understanding of important terms and concepts.
Engaging repertoire combines a range of styles, both familiar and new
The Musician’s Guide to Fundamentals offers an eclectic mix of classical music, musical theater, pop and rock, film and TV themes, and folk songs. You will find classical works by Bach, Bartók, Beethoven, and Mozart; songs by Stephen Foster, George Gershwin, and Richard Rogers; and recent popular music. The recordings feature a variety of instruments and ensembles—solos for trumpet and guitar, jazz combos and string quartets, piano rags and popular songs. Familiar works make musical concepts easy to see and hear; popular idioms reach students where they are.
Online drills and creative activities help students master the basics of music—and have fun doing it
The free student website, StudySpace, provides robust opportunities for review and musical exploration. StudySpace offers students easy access to recordings, drill-and-practice quizzes, flashcards, and interactive virtual instruments. Most examples referenced in the text and on the recordings disc are available as streaming audio; additional popular music recordings—including songs by the Eagles, Jonathan Larson (from Rent), Smokey Robinson, the Beatles, and Taylor Swift—are available for download. Over 1,000 drill and practice exercises, organized by chapter, help students assess their level of understanding. A virtual keyboard and guitar help students sound out notes and chords, and the MusicMixer invites students to experiment with combinations of melodies, harmonies, and rhythms.