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Principles of Music

Philip Lambert

Publication Date - September 2013

ISBN: 9780199975563

400 pages
8-1/2 x 11 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $72.95

A series of lessons teaching the basic musical skills using a keyboard-oriented approach


Ideal for students with no prior experience with musical notation and music theory, Principles of Music presents a series of lessons that proceeds step by step through music fundamentals. Taking a keyboard-oriented approach, it focuses on the basics-musical notation of rhythm and pitch, major and minor scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, and seventh chords-providing the necessary background for more advanced study in music theory. In addition to lessons in pitch notation and tonal materials, the book also covers the basics of rhythm and meter through separate lessons and performance exercises that reinforce rhythm reading. While rooted in a repertory of Western art music-with excerpts from great works by composers ranging from Bach to Bernstein-the text also encourages students to explore other works, and other musical traditions, with lists of suggested further listening at the end of each lesson.

Distinctive Features
* "HELP" boxes provide information that is essential to understanding and completing the written exercises that appear at the end of each lesson
* "CREATE!" sections present suggestions for exploring central concepts in imaginative ways, including improvisation and model composition
* Marginal icons direct students to streaming audio recordings on the book's website (www.oup.com/us/lambert), underscoring how listening helps them understand musical concepts

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About the Author(s)

Philip Lambert is Professor of Music at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author of Alec Wilder; To Broadway, To Life! The Musical Theater of Bock and Harnick; Inside the Music of Brian Wilson: The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of the Beach Boys' Founding Genius; and The Music of Charles Ives. He was editor of Theory & Practice volumes 19-21 (1994-1996), and Music Theory Spectrum volumes 20-22 (1998-2000).


"Lambert obviously has years of experience in the classroom. He covers all of the basic concepts and the exercises are well planned out."--Donna Ham, South Plains College

"I really like that the topics are presented in smaller units, so students can get a sense of closure after learning something new."--Debbie Benoist, San Jacinto College South

"This is the first textbook I've seen which could actually be integrated with beginning piano...something that has been needed for decades."--Robert A. M. Ross, Community College of Philadelphia

Table of Contents

    1. The Piano Keyboard
    The C Key / Names of the White Keys / The Chromatic Scale
    2. Accidentals
    Names of the Black Keys / Summary of Names for White and Black Keys
    3. Half and Whole Steps
    Steps in Music / Spelling Conventions for Half- and Whole-Steps / The Whole-Tone Scale
    4. Rhythm and Meter
    Notation of Rhythm / Patterns and Groupings / Notation of Meter Beats and Beams/ Learning and Performing Rhythms / Tempo
    5. Staffs and Clefs
    Treble Clef / Bass Clef / The Grand Staff / Octave Designations / C Clefs
    6. More Rhythm and Meter
    Stress Patterns and Meter / Dotted Notes / The Anacrusis / Rests
    7. The Notational System
    Pitch Resources / Steps on the Staff
    8. The Major Mode
    Key and Tonic / The Diatonic Modes / Structure of the Major Scale / Scale Construction / The Major Scales / Scale Degree Names / Transposition / Transposition of the Diatonic Modes
    9. Major Key Signatures
    The Key Signature / Formatting Key Signatures / The Circle of Keys
    10. Compound Meter
    The Three-Part Division of the Beat / Counting Compound Meter / Fluctuating Beat Divisions
    11. The Minor Mode
    Structure of the Minor Scale / Scale Families / The Minor Scales / Minor Scale Construction / The Sound of Minor
    12. Minor Key Signatures
    Relative Key Signatures / All Minor Key Signatures / Circle of Keys for Major and Minor
    13. More About Minor
    Parallel Major and Minor / Harmonic Minor / Melodic Minor / Summary of the Forms of Minor
    14. Unbalanced Meter
    Measure Divisions / Notational Issues
    15. Intervals I
    Note Connections / Interval Distance / Quality / Size in Half Steps
    16. Intervals II
    Minor Intervals / Methodology I / Interval Inversion / Methodology II
    17. Intervals III
    Intervals Outside of the Key / Augmented and Diminished 1, 4, 5, and 8 / Augmented and Diminished 2, 3, 6, and 7 / Summaries of Interval Types / Methodology / Augmented and Diminished Intervals Under Inversion
    18. Intervals IV
    Intervals in Musical Practice / Scale-Degree Pairs / Compound Intervals / Summary
    19. Irregularities of Rhythm and Meter
    Free Rhythm / Irregular Meter
    20. Triads
    Three-Note Groupings / Triad Characteristics / Major and Minor Triads / Augmented and Diminished Triads / The Circle of Triads / Methodology
    21. Triads in Practice
    Expressing Triads / Some Examples / Methodology
    22. Triads in Major Keys
    Scale-Degree Combinations / Roman Numeral Notation / Chord Functions
    23. Triads in Minor Keys
    Triad Formations Using Minor Scales / Additional Considerations for Minor
    24. Triad Inversion
    The Principle of Chord Inversion / Forming and Recognizing Triad Inversions / Symbolizing Triad Inversions / Methodology / Choral Texture
    25. Dominant Seventh Chords
    Enriching Triads / Principles of Construction / Inversion of Seventh Chords / Five Types of Seventh Chords
    26. Music in Motion
    Composers and Performers / Syncopation
    Appendix A: Glossary
    Appendix B: A Brief Guide to Common Musical Symbols and Markings
    Appendix C: Mini-Dictionary of Score Indications
    Appendix D: Fifteen Character Pieces


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