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  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $71.88
  • May 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-12018-9
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The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis

The Musician's Guide Series

Second Edition

Ebook, Online Version

Jane Piper Clendinning (Author, Florida State University College of Music), Elizabeth West Marvin (Author, Eastman School of Music)


Emphasizing real music and music-making, The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis gives students the hands-on tools they need to learn how music works.

Theoretically current and pedagogically innovative, the Musician’s Guide series uses the phrase model approach to show students how music works in context. With a focus on real music literature that students know and play, it shows how music theory relates directly to practice and performance. The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis includes all topics essential to first- and second-year theory for music majors, from fundamentals to post-tonal theory and analysis.


Places real music-making in the foreground

With The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis, students understand that what they learn in theory relates directly to what they do in the practice room and onstage. Every chapter starts with a list of repertoire students know and perform, many end with implications for their own performance. Each lesson begins with music, drawing concepts from the music itself. Many homework assignments are based on real music literature, often asking students to play examples and compose short works. 

Familiar works make musical structure easy to see and hear

The Anthology features over 100 works (40 new) and includes music for all standard instruments and ensembles—instrumental and vocal, solo, chamber, and orchestral—and in contrasting musical styles: from popular songs to German Lieder, from piano rags to minimalism, and from marches for band to anthems for choirs. Music selections are revisited throughout the text, adding layers of understanding as new concepts are mastered.  

The phrase model approach explains how chords work in musical contexts

The phrase model approach looks at chords by function (what they do in a given piece) and how those chords work together to propel a piece of music forward. This approach teaches that some chords are structural, and some are embellishing—allowing students to hear harmonic progressions hierarchically, to distinguish what is important, and to write music with harmonic logic and melodic beauty. 

Students hear everything as they read

All 100 pieces in the Anthology and most of the literature excerpts featured in the text and workbook are available on the companion recordings.

• The Music Examples Recordings are available in two formats—in mp3 format on a DVD included with the text, or streamed on StudySpace.
• The Anthology Recordings are available in mp3 format on DVD, available as a stand-alone item or bundled with the text at a great package price.

An integrated package provides a complete teaching and learning program

A coordinated teaching and learning package provides the theoretical foundation and practical musicianship skills students need to become well-rounded, versatile musicians—and all the teaching materials instructors need to offer a comprehensive, coordinated two-year theory and ear training curriculum. 

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Innovative and student-friendly pedagogy

The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis takes a spiral-learning approach to music repertoire, giving students multiple encounters with a core group of familiar works and providing new perspectives as new skills are mastered. 

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Revised and reorganized

The Second Edition serves the needs of students from all backgrounds and skill levels. The text, workbook, anthology, and recordings all offer new strategies, features, and selections based on extensive feedback from theorists around the country. 

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Electronic solutions for students and instructors

Students have easy access to the musical examples in the book: StudySpace, the student website, contains streaming Listening Examples, and the ebook contains links to audio examples within it. Students can also access flashcards of each chapter's key terms, Finale-formatted worksheets from the Workbook, an Online Keyboard, and tools for practice, review, and assessment.

Instructors can download free Coursepacks, which include chapter-based assignments, quizzes, Finale worksheets, flashcards, and an index of musical examples. Norton Online provides a high-quality online course for distance or hybrid learning that instructors can use right away, or customize to suit their specific needs.

    INTRODUCTION:  Why Study Music Theory?


    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 Melody 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 vii⁰⁶, vii⁰⁷, vii ⁰⁷, 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

    Appendix 1 – Try it answers

    Appendix 2 – Glossary

    Appendix 3 – Guidelines for Part-Writing

    Appendix 4 – Ranges of Orchestral Instruments

    Appendix 5 – Set Class Table