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Published: 21 January 2011

528 Pages

8-1/2 x 11 inches

ISBN: 9780199751914

Bookseller Code (04)

Companion website

From Sound to Symbol

Fundamentals of Music

Second Edition

Micheal Houlahan and Philip Tacka

Designed for a one-semester musical fundamentals course, From Sound to Symbol: Fundamentals of Music, Second Edition, clearly covers all essential topics, but with a unique, sound-to-symbol approach that explores concepts through the sound of music before explaining how symbols are used. Students actively and methodically explore music by listening, performing, thinking critically, and composing, learning the rudiments of music theory in the process.

New to this Edition:

  • Chapters include helpful overviews and key terms and concepts lists.
  • Chapters are now divided into two sections: (1) an introduction to basic concepts and (2) written theory exercises.
  • All chapters include more written exercises, and the in-text Skills CD includes more dictation exercises.
  • "How to Read a Musical Score" sections ask students to identify newly learned musical elements in more complex musical works.
  • "How to Practice" sections guide students in developing greater mastery of each chapter's concepts.
  • The la minor and do minor approaches to pedagogy are now clearly distinguished and separated in Chapters 8 and 9.
  • All forms of the minor scale are included in one chapter (9) instead of two.
  • Chapters 10 and 11 on triads and harmony have been reorganized to reflect a traditional sequence.
  • A new chapter, "Composing a Song" (Chapter 12), provides students with the opportunity to apply their cumulative knowledge to writing compositions.
  • Pages have been redesigned for clarity, with only two marginal icons--one referencing the in-text Audio CD (with track numbers) and one referencing longer pieces available on iTunes. Pages are also perforated and three-hole-punched for convenience.
  • A new Glossary of Musical Terms is included at the back of the text.
  • A Companion Website at offers both students and faculty extensive additional resources. Students will find supplementary musicianship exercises to develop their singing, memory, audiation, sight singing, and keyboard skills. Instructors will find video clips of the authors teaching, sample lesson plans, and teaching strategies, as well as sample tests and assessment rubrics.

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