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Published: 05 December 2013

864 Pages


ISBN: 9780199943821

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Aural Skills in Context

A Comprehensive Approach to Sight Singing, Ear Training, Keyboard Harmony, and Improvisation

Matthew R. Shaftel, Evan Jones, and Juan Chattah

  • · The selection of musical extracts in each chapter are complemented by a selection of rhythmic, harmonic and melodic drills and exercises, designed to solidify a student's understanding of the position of every pitch within the tonal context.
  • · An expanded list of activities allows students to develop their improvisational skills.
  • · Listening and dictation-type exercises that include 20th-century works in both popular and classical styles can be found in the Expanding Repertoires sections of each chapter. Although they are supplementary, these exercises allow students to engage in listening beyond the traditional examples.
  • · Although no particular pedagogical approach is advocated, each chapter ends with a set of possible weekly assignments, designed to further the learning that is started in class.
  • · The book's website provides streaming audio at various tempos to be used for Contextual Listening assignments, several of which can be found in each chapter.

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