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960 Pages

8 x 10 inches

ISBN: 9780190924508

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The Complete Musician

An Integrated Approach to Theory, Analysis, and Listening

Fifth Edition

Steven G. Laitz and Michael R. Callahan

  • Offers a complete toolkit for teaching and learning music theory. Each new print and digital copy of the text comes with access to a media-rich enhanced ebook, streaming audio, and a new suite of auto-graded, online exercises that can be integrated into most learning management systems for assessment and practice. Two supplemental workbooks, available for separate purchase or bundled with the text, offer additional activities in writing and analysis and musicianship skills
  • Connects theory to musicians' work and underscores its relevance to music students' lives and careers; rather than relying on rote memorization, it focuses on music in context, describing composers' works and discussing how theory concepts developed through music
  • Presents an outstanding quality, quantity, and diversity of exercises geared toward real music and real music situations
  • Includes almost 2,000 musical examples--290 of them new--and nearly 20 hours of streaming music

New to this Edition:

  • More opportunities for students to practice and hone music theory skills through targeted Skill Check exercises, access to a full suite of assignable online assessments, a new enhanced e-Book that includes embedded streaming audio for nearly every musical example, and a thoroughly revised Writing and Analysis workbook
  • A more diverse and current repertoire includes 290 new musical examples from compositions by women and by musicians of color, including many written in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
  • A streamlined and more student-friendly presentation. A thoroughly revised narrative offers greater clarity and conciseness without sacrificing depth, musicality, or richness, while new pedagogical elements in each chapter equip students to guide and monitor their own learning
  • A new Intermezzo on Musical Motives, formerly an appendix, falls squarely at the book's midpoint, highlighting shapes that tie together a piece of music across time
  • How Else Might It Have Gone and Reduction Strategy boxes place hands-on exploration of the book's examples within students' grasp

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