Foundations of Music,
7th Edition

Robert Nelson, Carl J. Christensen

ISBN-13: 9781285464756 | ISBN-10: 1285464753

Copyright 2015

| Published 2014

| 320 pages

List Price USD $156.95


This versatile and engaging text provides a detailed introduction to fundamental musical concepts while remaining clear, concise, and accessible, even for non-majors. Our Student Companion Site contains a variety of resources, including a glossary and flashcards for each chapter, and links to the Spotify playlist for this title.

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Meet the Authors

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Robert Nelson teaches music theory and composition at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. A composer in residence and music director of the Houston Shakespeare Festival for 17 seasons, he also has received numerous commissions for compositions and arrangements for the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

Carl J. Christensen holds B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. He teaches instrumental music and music theory at Hartnell College in Salinas, California. Prior to accepting the position at Hartnell, he was principal trombonist of the Mexico City Philharmonic. He is conductor of the Monterey Bay Symphony and Monterey Opera and is a frequent guest conductor of orchestras in Guatemala and Argentina.

  • Combined with every new print edition of the text, access to this downloadable application provides invaluable demonstrations of timbre, dynamics, and articulations; melodies in the text are displayed on the computer screen to be played using a variety of timbres, with and without dynamics and articulations.
  • Counting practice exercises display and play melodies from the text, with an optional "click track" to mark the location of each beat. Students also adjust the tempo of the playback to suit their individual needs. Several modules demonstrate how meter is established by allowing students to hear the metronome, bass, chords, or melody separately or in various combinations. The notation of each example is printed in the text and displayed on the computer screen. Students also can explore melodic and rhythmic composition by notating a rhythmic or melodic phrase for the computer to play back.
  • The materials that were formally on the CD are now available as a downloadable application via the Premium Website.
  • Notation exercises offer ample opportunities for students to hone their abilities by working with scales, intervals, and chords.
  • Extensive drills cover all of the basics of music in great depth, allowing for progressive skill building and making it easy to focus practice and reinforcement. Topics include note and rest shapes; pitch naming; the piano keyboard; and key signature, scale, interval, and chord identification.
  • The text includes numerous exercises, problems, and examples reflecting a diverse range of musical genres and styles, including abundant selections from popular music. This emphasis on practice and variety allows students to hone their skills while maintaining broad reader appeal.
  • Rhythmic practice exercises provide a unique opportunity to combine analysis and performance skills through interactive activities that invite students to use the computer keyboard to tap a rhythm displayed on the screen and then evaluate their performance.

Table of Contents

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1. Sound.
2. The Notational System.
3. Simple Meter.
4. Scales.
5. Compound Meter.
6. The Minor Mode.
7. Other Scales.
8. More on Rhythm and Meter.
9. Intervals.
10. Chords and Harmony.
11. Simple Forms.
12. Looking at Music.
13. Topics for Enrichment and Further Study.

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Foundations of Music

  • ISBN-10: 1285464753
  • ISBN-13: 9781285464756

Price USD$ 156.95


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