Techniques and Materials of Music,
7th Edition

Thomas Benjamin, Michael Horvit, Timothy Koozin, Robert Nelson

ISBN-13: 9781285854441 | ISBN-10: 1285854446

Copyright 2015

| Published 2014

| 352 pages

List Price USD $199.95


Designed to serve as a primary text for the first two years of college music theory, TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS OF MUSIC, 7th Enhanced Edition covers all the basics of composition--including harmony, melody, and musical form. The authors present essential materials of common-practice music and an overview of 20th century techniques, and include numerous hands-on exercises to help students better retain key concepts.

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Meet the Authors

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Thomas E. Benjamin has recently retired as Chair of the Department of Music Theory at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. A composer, conductor, performer, and music theorist with more than 40 compositions published and recorded, he also holds fellowships and awards from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Michael Horvit is Professor Emeritus of Composition and Theory at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. His works range from solo instrumental and vocal pieces to large symphonic and choral compositions and operas, all widely performed in the United States, Europe, Japan and Israel. In addition to CDs with the Albany label, he has published with C.F. Peters, MorningStar, Recital Publications, Shawnee Press, E.C. Schirmer, Southern and Transcontinental. He received the Martha Baird Rockefeller Award as well as honors from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Timothy Koozin is professor and division chair of Music Theory at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. He has published widely in scholarly journals and in collected essays published by Cambridge University Press, Ashgate and Routledge on topics including music and meaning, popular music, film music and music instructional technology. He is former editor of MUSIC THEORY ONLINE, the electronic journal of the Society for Music Theory.

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.

  • TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS OF MUSIC, 7th Enhanced Edition gives instructors abundant content and musical examples organized in an outline format with minimal text, allowing instructors flexibility in choosing which materials, concepts, and techniques to emphasize.
  • Every effort has been made to ensure that all exercises are as musical as possible and that the cumulative level of these exercises reflects, and is relevant to, the level of the students' development.
  • Each new copy of the printed text includes access to the new Premium interactive learning website, which delivers a wealth of practical material that will help students better understand musical theory and improve their musical technique.

Table of Contents

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1. The Great Staff and Piano Keyboard.
2. Accidentals.
3. Intervals.
4. Major and Minor Scales.
5. Key Signatures.
6. Triads.
7. Meter and Rhythm.
8. Triads in Root Position.
9. The Tonic Triad in Root Position.
10. Connection of Tonic and Dominant Triads in Root Position.
11. The Dominant Seventh Chord in Root Position.
12. Connection of Tonic and Subdominant Triads in Root Position.
13. Connection of Subdominant and Dominant Triads in Root Position.
14. Cadences Employing the Tonic, Subdominant, and Dominant Triads in Root Position.
15. The Cadential Tonic Six-Four Chord.
16. Tonic, Subdominant, and Dominant Triads in First Inversion.
17. The Supertonic Triad.
18. Inversions of the Dominant Seventh Chord.
19. Linear (Embellishing) Six-Four and Other Chords.
20. Submediant and Mediant Triads in Root Position and First Inversion.
21. The Leading Tone Triad.
22. Variant Qualities of Triads.
23. The Sequence.
24. The Supertonic Seventh Chord.
25. The Leading Tone Seventh Chord.
26. Other Diatonic Seventh Chords.
27. Secondary (Applied, Borrowed) Dominants.
28. Modulation.
29. Linear (Embellishing) Diminished Seventh Chords.
30. The Neapolitan Triad.
31. Augmented Sixth Chords.
32. Modulation by Other Means.
33. Ninth Chords.
34. Twentieth-Century Techniques: General Comments.
35. Further Concepts for Analysis.
36. Rhythmic and Metric Devices.
37. Tertian Harmony.
38. The Diatonic (Church) Modes.
39. Pandiatonicism.
40. Exotic (Artificial, Synthetic) Scales.
41. Quartal and Secondal Harmony.
42. Polyharmony and Polytonality.
43. Free Atonality.
44. Twelve-Tone Serialism.
45. Additional Contemporary Procedures.
46. Musical Calligraphy.
47. The Harmonic Series.
48. Nonharmonic (Nonchord) Tones.
49. Relative and Linear Motion.
50. Guidelines for Voice Leading in Strict Four-Part Writing.
51. Guidelines for Doubling in Strict Four-Part Writing.
52. Checklist for Part Writing.
53. Chord Functions in Tonal Music.
54. Figured-Bass Symbols.
55. Procedure for Harmonizing a Figured Bass.
56. Procedure for Harmonizing a Melody.
57. Models for Expansion and Elaboration.
58. Cadence and Phrase Structure.
59. Typical Phrase Variants.
60. The Motive.
61. The Sequence.
62. Textures.
63. An Introduction to Tonal Melody.
64. An Introduction to Tonal Counterpoint.
65. Form.
66. Checklist for Analysis.
67. Composition Checklist.
68. Instrumental Ranges and Transpositions.

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