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  • Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $91.00
  • April 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92388-9
  • 480 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.
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The Musician's Guide to Fundamentals

The Musician's Guide Series

Second Edition

Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder

with Total Access registration card

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


A hands-on approach to mastering the basics in class and online.

The Musician’s Guide to Fundamentals teaches the basics of music—listening, writing, and performing—using real music, from Bach to the Beatles, Broadway to the Black-Eyed Peas. A unique hands-on approach invites students to listen to music from day one as they learn to interpret musical notation and, eventually, to use it to compose songs of their own. New online resources—including an ebook, online notation from Noteflight, and quizzes—offer opportunities to listen, read, and turn in assignments online.


An active, hands-on approach engages students in listening to, writing, and performing music

Every chapter begins with listening to music—fundamental concepts follow, once students are engaged. Writing exercises throughout the text offer ample opportunities to practice writing. Finally, new Apply It activities, as well as ear-training assignments in every chapter, introduce students to practical musicianship. Every chapter features opportunities for in-class or at-home performance. 

Total Access provides all of the media students need to master music fundamentals

Total Access gives students powerful new tools to develop their skills with every new book. An interactive ebook allows students to read, listen to musical examples, take notes, and access online exercises, all at the click of a mouse. Online recordings feature performances by students and faculty at the Eastman School of Music. Noteflight, an intuitive, cloud-based notation program, allows students to complete, listen to, and turn in assignments online, as well as to compose their own music. Total Access also includes online quizzes (with instant feedback) and an online virtual keyboard and guitar that students can use to find notes, scales, and chords anytime, anywhere.  

Teaches the basics with real music

The Musician’s Guide to Fundamentals engages students with an eclectic repertoire of real music—from Bach to the Beatles, Broadway to the Black-Eyed Peas. Every chapter starts with music, and end-of-chapter “Did You Know?” boxes introduce the performers and composers behind the music. The Second Edition features a wider variety of popular music excerpts, including excerpts from songs by the Beatles, the Black-Eyed Peas, U2, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Green Day, Billy Joel, Elton John, the Moody Blues, Whitney Houston, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, and many more. A concise anthology of complete works—with online recordings—provides opportunities for further listening and practical application. 

Thoughtful pedagogy shows students what they need to know and helps them remember it

Throughout every chapter, Key Concept and Summary boxes highlight and summarize essential information. Self-grading Try It exercises within each chapter give students the tools they need to assess their own learning. Another Way boxes offer alternative explanations for important ideas, recognizing that students learn in a variety of ways.  

    1. Pitch Notation and the Grand Staff
    2. Accidentals and Half and Whole Steps
    3. Simple Meters
    4. Beat Subdivisions and Syncopations
    5. Compound and Other Meters
    6. Major Scales and Keys
    7. Minor Scales and Keys
    8. Intervals
    9. Triads and the Dominant Seventh Chord
    10. Melody Harmonization and Cadences
    11. Form in Folk and Popular Songs
    12. Blues and Other Popular Styles

    Anthology Contents
    The Ash Grove
    Johann Sebastian Bach: Invention in D Minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13 (Pathétique), second movement, excerpt
    Frederic Chopin: Prelude in C Minor, Op. 28, No. 20
    Stephen Foster: Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
    Foster: Oh, Susannah!
    Patrick Gilmore: When Johnny Comes Marching Home
    Home on the Range
    Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre: Gigue, from Suite in A Minor
    Scott Joplin: Solace
    Jerome Kern: Look for the Silver Lining
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421, third movement
    Mozart: Variations on Ah, vous dirai-je Maman, excerpts
    John Newton: Amazing Grace
    Joel Phillips: Blues for Norton
    St. Anne
    St. George’s Windsor
    Franz Schubert: Waltz in B Minor, Op. 18, No. 6
    Simple Gifts
    Hart Wand: Dallas Blues