The Musician's Guide to Aural Skills
The best way to integrate music theory and aural skills just got better.
Reorganized for ease of use, The Musician’s Guide to Aural Skills features chapters that correspond with The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis; within each chapter, activities are carefully sequenced for an ideal pedagogical progression. Throughout, the text emphasizes connections to written theory, so that both sides of the theory curriculum are mutually reinforcing.
Endorsements & Reviews
“There is simply no other textbook on the market that compares with respect to the emphasis on real music, the scope, breadth, clarity, and integration with theory and keyboard skills.” — Tim Pack, Universtiy of Oregon
“It knits aural skills more closely to a complete musical fabric instead of it being a purely one-line melodic topic.” — Rebecca Jemian, University of Louisville
“The integration of written and aural skills texts is its greatest strength. To my knowledge, this is the only text that integrates the two areas to that extent.” — Gary Don, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Comprehensive and easy to use
The Musician’s Guide to Aural Skills consists of two volumes that can be used together or on their own, providing resources for the entire aural skills sequence—from fundamentals to post-tonal ear training. Together, the two volumes contain everything students need to succeed.
Over 800 melodies, rhythms, keyboard exercises, and improvisation activities
The sight-singing volume is carefully sequenced to coordinate with The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis. Every chapter now begins with an outline of learning objectives, so that students know what to focus on and instructors can easily locate exercises that develop a particular skill.
Hundreds of short, self-grading Try it dictations that help students identify common musical gestures.
The ear-training volume includes over 400 contextual-listening activities that guide students through dictated-recordings of real music. With so many exercises--all tagged with learning objectives and difficulty levels--instructors have the flexibility to select exactly the activities their students need.
Emphasizes real music and music-making
The Third Edition highlights the relevance of aural skills to students’ lives as musicians through a rich variety of classical, folk, and popular music, including works that students know and perform. The sight-singing text features a range of melodies from the literature, as well as improvisation and composition exercises. Contextual-listening activities feature real music— recorded by real performers—so that students learn to take dictation from authentic musical contexts, rather than artificial exercises.
A flexible and integrated pedagogical program
The Musician’s Guide Series is the only complete package that coordinates written theory and aural skills. Throughout the series, the presentation and ordering of topics correspond so that written theory and aural skills are mutually reinforcing. Instructors can mix and match the resources that are most appropriate for their classes.
Part I Elements of Music
1. Pitch and Pitch Class
2. Simple Meters
3. Pitch Collections, Scales, and Major Keys
4. Compound Meters
5. Minor Keys and the Diatonic Modes
8. Seventh Chords
9. Connecting Intervals in Note-to-Note Counterpoint
10. Melodic and Rhythmic Embellishment in Two-Voice Composition
Part II Diatonic Harmony and Tonicization
11. Soprano and Bass Lines in Eighteenth-Century Style
12. The Basic Phrase in SATB Style
13. Dominant Sevenths, the Predominant Area, and Choral Harmonization
14. Expanding the Basic Phrase
15. New Cadence Types and Diatonic Root Progressions
16. Embellishing Tones
17. The vii°6, vii°7, viø7, and Other Voice-Leading Chords
18. Phrase Structure and Motivic Analysis
19. Diatonic Sequences
20. Secondary Dominants and Leading-Tone Chords to V
21. Tonicizing Scale Degrees Other Than V
Part III Chromatic Harmony and Form
22. Modulation to Closely Related Keys
23. Binary and Ternary Forms
24. Invention, Fugue, and Other Contrapuntal Genres
26. Modal Mixture
27. The Neapolitan Sixth and Augmented-Sixth Chords
28. Vocal Forms
29. Popular Music
30. Chromatic Harmony and Voice-Leading
31. Chromatic Modulation
32. Sonata, Sonatina, and Concerto
33. Rondo, Sonata-Rondo, and Large Ternary
Part IV The Twentieth Century and Beyond
34. Modes, Scales, and Sets
35. Music Analysis with Sets
36. Sets and Set Classes
37. Ordered Segments, Serialism, and Twelve-Tone Composition
38. New Ways to Organize Rhythm, Meter, and Duration
39. New Ways to Articulate Musical Form
40. Recent Trends