Music Theory Through Improvisation : A New Approach to Musicianship Training

Pub. Date: 2009-09-28
Publisher(s): Taylor & Francis
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Designed for Music Theory courses, Music Theory Through Improvisationpresents a unique approach to basic theory and musicianship training that examines the study of traditional theory through the art of improvisation. The book follows the same general progression of diatonic to non-diatonic harmony in conventional approaches, but integrates improvisation, composition, keyboard harmony, analysis, and rhythm. Conventional approaches to basic musicianship have largely been oriented toward study of common practice harmony from the Euroclassical tradition, with a heavy emphasis in four-part chorale writing. The author'¬"s entirely new pathway places the study of harmony within improvisation and composition in stylistically diverse format, with jazz and popular music serving as important stylistic sources. Supplemental materials include a play-along Audio CD for improvisation and a companion website with resources for students and instructors.

Table of Contents

Improvisation Across Boundaries: A Trans-stylistic Approach
Music Fundamentals: Key Signatures, Scales, Intervals, Modes, and Melodic Cells
Modality and Rhythm I: Time Feels
Modality and Rhythm II: Small Group Framework
Basic Tonal Materials: Triads and Seventh Chords
Harmonic Functions
Swing: Global Rhythmic Gateway
Melodic Line Construction and Harmonization
Chord Inversion Present and Past
Non-diatonic Harmony I: Applied Chords
Non-diatonic Harmony II: Modal Mixture
Figured Bass Realization at the Keyboard
Extended Chords
Altered Extensions
Diverse Approaches to Analysis
Further Creative Horizons in Jazz Improvisation and Composition
Introduction to Species Counterpoint
Overtone Series and Equal Temperament
Rhythmic Exercises
Jazz Etudes
Additional Keyboard Exercises
Instrument Ranges, Transposition, and Score Excerpts
Aural Transposition
Sample Syllabus
CD and Web Audio Tracks
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