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Music Theory

Music Theory

The manner in which music theory has been traditionally taught is now in a state of flux. Originally, the study of music theory was designed to acquaint the music student or knowledgeable amateur with the composer’s working materials in “Classical” music roughly spanning the 17th- through the 19th Centuries. The role of music theory has expanded far beyond this mandate: theory training now incorporates greater or lesser explanations of music after 1900, music before 1600, idiomatic Jazz practices, elements of World Music, and Popular Song idioms. Such an expansion of means and methods in learning and teaching the fundamental language of music presents a formidable and almost daunting challenge: what to teach, how to teach it, and in what sequence? Additionally, music theory has become a... Show More


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Peter Knapp
Peter Knapp (Faculty)
1 year ago
This text looks very promising, but it only contains *three* of the proposed 18 chapters! It's not usable, really, at all.
Cathy Swift
Cathy Swift (Administrator)
1 year ago
Thank you for picking up on that. I'll add it to the description.