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  • Spiral Bound
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $74.00
  • August 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93095-5
  • 560 pages
  • Volume(s): 2
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

The Musician's Guide to Aural Skills

Ear Training and Composition

The Musician's Guide Series

Second Edition

Spiral Bound

Volume(s): 2

With Recordings for Ear Training DVD

Joel Phillips (Author, Westminster Choir College of Rider University), Paul Murphy (Author, Muhlenberg College), Elizabeth West Marvin (Author, Eastman School of Music), Jane Piper Clendinning (Author, Florida State University College of Music)


All the practical skills students need to succeed as professional musicians—in a single pedagogical program.

The Musician’s Guide to Aural Skills integrates all critical aural skills in a single teaching and learning program coordinated (chapter by chapter) with a companion text in theory and analysis. The two volumes, organized by skill type, contain a wide range of exercises, and a diverse repertoire of real music—classical, popular song, film and TV themes, folk songs. There is absolutely no need for supplementary materials, and students are involved in creative music-making from the very beginning.

Volume 2 develops listening and writing skills in a complete ear-training, dictation, and composition manual. Each of the 40 chapters, corresponding to chapters in The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis, Second Edition, is organized in two parts—“Inductive Listening” and “Contextual Listening.” A final “Composition” section leads students through individual and group compositions in a variety of styles. The text is packaged with a companion DVD that contains recordings for all the listening examples.


A wide range of exercises

Each of the 40 chapters is organized in two parts: “Inductive Listening,” which uses author-composed melodies and progressions, and “Contextual Listening,” which uses real music. 

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Composition practice

Students compose from the very beginning, from a simple rhythmic duet to a sonata form movement and a twelve-tone piece.  Here, they are able to put the concepts that they have learned into highly creative and meaningful practice. 

Companion DVD

The DVD-Rom packaged with the text includes recordings for all inductive and contextual listening examples. The recordings teach students to hear many different instrumental timbres—not just solo piano or Midi files. They can access the MP3 audio files directly from the disc or copy them onto a hard drive or portable music device.

Teacher's Edition

A Teacher’s Edition contains a wealth of “ready-made” material for teachers to use in class, quizzes, and exams, including all dictation answers—both “Inductive Listening” and “Contextual Listening.” Since exercises are organized in order of difficulty, it is easy to target exercises to fit the specific needs of any class.

    Note:  Each chapter is divided into “Inductive Listening” and “Contextual Listening” exercises.




    Ch. 1 - Pitch and Pitch Class

    Ch. 2 - Simple Meters

    Ch. 3 - Pitch Collections, Scales, and Major Keys

    Ch. 4 - Compound Meters

    Ch. 5 - Minor Keys and the Diatonic Modes

    Ch. 6 - Intervals

    Ch. 7 - Triads

    Ch. 8 - Seventh Chords       

    Ch. 9 - Connecting Intervals in Note-to-Note Counterpoint

    Ch. 10 - Melodic and Rhythmic Embellishment in Two-Voice Composition






    Ch. 11 - Soprano and Bass Lines in Eighteenth-Century Style

    Ch. 12 - The Basic Phrase in SATB Style

    Ch. 13 - Dominant Sevenths, the Predominant Area, and Chorale Harmonization

    Ch. 14 - Expanding the Tonic and Dominant Areas

    Ch. 15 - Diatonic Harmonies and Root Progressions

    Ch. 16 - Embellishing Tones in Four Voices

    Ch. 17 - The vii o6, vii o7, vii o7, and Other Voice-Leading Chords

    Ch. 18 - Phrase Structure and Motivic Analysis

    Ch. 19 - Diatonic Sequences

    Ch. 20 - Secondary Dominants and Leading-Tone Chords to V

    Ch. 21 - Tonicizing Scale Degrees Other Than V





    Ch. 22 - Modulation to Closely Related Keys

    Ch. 23 - Binary and Ternary Forms

    Ch. 24 - Invention, Fugue, and Other Contrapuntal Genres 

    Ch. 25 - Modal Mixture

    Ch. 26 - The Neapolitan Sixth and Augmented-Sixth Chords

    Ch. 27 - Vocal Forms          

    Ch. 28 - Popular Music

    Ch. 29 - Chromatic Harmony and Voice-Leading

    Ch. 30 - Chromatic Modulation

    Ch. 31 - Variation and Rondo

    Ch. 32 - Sonata and Related Forms





    Ch. 33 - Modes, Scales, and Sets

    Ch. 34 - Music Analysis with Sets

    Ch. 35 - Sets and Set Classes

    Ch. 36 - Ordered Segments and Serialism

    Ch. 37 - Twelve-Tone Rows and the Row Matrix

    Ch. 38 - New Ways to Organize Rhythm, Meter, and Duration

    Ch. 39 - New Ways to Articulate Musical Form

    Ch. 40 - Recent Trends





    Part I Composition

    Composition 1: Rhythm

    A. Simple Meter

    B.  Compound Meter

    C. Team Composition

    Composition 2: Major-key Melody

    Composition 3: Melody in Minor Keys and the Diatonic Modes

    Composition 4: Two-voice Counterpoint (Chapters 9 and 10)

    A.  1:1 Counterpoint

    B.  2:1 Counterpoint


    Part II Composition


    Composition 5: Vocal Melodies

    Composition 6: Phrases in Two-voice Counterpoint

    Composition 7: Two-Phrase Choral Piece

    Composition 8: Phrase Pairs for Keyboard

    Composition 9:

    A. Vocal Melodies

    B. Keyboard-Style Compositions

    Composition 10: Trio

    Composition 11:

    A.  Vocal Melodies

    B.  Keyboard-style Compositions with Roman Numerals and Figured Bass


    Part III Composition

    Composition 12: Minuet

    Composition 13: Sonata-Form Movement

    • Exposition: First theme group and transition                                
    • Exposition: Second theme group                           
    • Development                                    
    • Recapitulation


    Part IV Composition

    Composition 14: Modes and Scales

    Composition 15: PC Sets

    Composition 16: Twelve-tone and Serial

    Composition 17: Rhythms

    1. Percussion Duet

    2. Ametric Composition