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Published: 30 June 2022

432 Pages

ISBN: 9780197541944

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Elements of Music 4e

Fourth Edition

Joseph N. Straus

  • Remarkably concise and clear, for a course where texts are often too detailed and confusing.
  • Flexible organization-consisting of self-contained lessons-allows instructors to create a syllabus that aligns with their students' needs.
  • A repertoire of core works keeps students engaged as the learn music fundamentals. Students revisit works throughout the text, deepening their understanding each time a composition returns.

New to this Edition:

  • Rich digital package
  • Updates to the core repertoire to include more popular music, as well as more music by women and composers of color
  • A simpler discussion of basic harmonic progression with concern for voice leading (as opposed to the more complicated discussion of harmony and voice leading in Third Edition)
  • More analytical and compositional projects aimed at songwriting

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