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Published: 01 March 2021

496 Pages

8 1/2 x 11 inches

ISBN: 9780197541937

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Elements of Music

Fourth Edition

Joseph N. Straus

  • Flexible organization-consisting of self-contained lessons-allows instructors to create a syllabus that aligns with their students' needs.
  • The most clear and concise introduction to music fundamentals, in a course where texts can often be dense and confusing.
  • 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:

  • 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 progressions
  • More analytical and compositional projects focusing on songwriting skills, along with a brief introduction to musical form.
  • Available separately, rich digital package powered by Oxford Insight, which delivers the text content, streaming recordings, and online fundamentals exercises within powerful, data-driven courseware designed to optimize student success. Contact your Oxford University Press representative or visit to learn more.

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