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Comprehensive Aural Skills: A Flexible Approach to Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony

Justin Merritt David Castro



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10 December 2015
Theory of music & musicology
Comprehensive Aural Skills is a complete suite of material for both performance and dictation, covering the wide range of sight singing and ear training skills required for undergraduate courses of study. It provides a series of instructional modules on rhythm, melody, and harmony, and blends musical examples from the common-practice repertory with original examples composed to specifically address particular skills and concepts. Each module includes material for classroom performance, self-directed study, and homework assignments.

Features A complete suite of aural skills material: Comprehensive Aural Skills is a combined sight singing and ear training textbook, audio, and companion website package.

Fully modular, customizable organization: Instructors can choose freely from the set of exercises in the book and supplemental material on the companion website to appropriately tailor the curriculum based on their students' needs.

Engaging and idiomatic musical examples: Examples are selected and composed specifically for the didactic context of an aural skills classroom.

Dictation exercises for practice and assignment: Practice exercises include an answer key so students can work independently and receive immediate feedback, while homework assignments are given without a key.

Audio examples for dictation: The website hosts live recordings of acoustic instruments performed by professional musicians for each dictation exercise and homework assignment.

Supplemental Materials for Instructors: A wealth of material for class use and assignment can be found on the companion website.

Teachers Guide: The guide includes answers for every homework assignment, brief commentary on each module's content, tips for integrating written theory, and strategies on how to effectively teach new concepts and skills.

The companion website for Comprehensive Aural Skills includes a wealth of additional examples in all areas of aural skills and at every level of difficulty represented in the text. Students have access to additional dictation examples with recordings and answer keys, allowing them to directly reinforce their classroom experience and practice dictation on their own time.
By:   Justin Merritt, David Castro
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 203mm, 
Weight:   998g
ISBN:   9781138900707
ISBN 10:   1138900702
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   10 December 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Replaced By:   9780367225933
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Table of Contents Preface Rhythm Module 1 : Simple Meters, Duple and Quadruple Module 2 : Rests and Ties Module 3 : Simple Meters, Triple Module 4 : Syncopation in Simple Meters Module 5 : Compound Meters, Duple and Quadruple Module 6 : Compound Meters, Triple Module 7 : Syncopation in Compound Meters Module 8 : Triplets, Duplets, and Hemiola Module 9 : Compound Meters, Advanced Beat Patterns Module 10 : Asymmetrical and Mixed Meters Melody Module 1 : Steps Within the Major Scale Module 2 : Steps Within the Minor Scale Module 3 : Skips Within the Tonic Triad (Major and Minor) Module 4 : Skips Within the Dominant (Seventh) and vii Degrees Module 5 : Further Diatonic Skips Module 6 : Stepwise Chromatic Tones Module 7 : Motion to the Dominant Module 8 : Leaps To and From Chromatic Tones Module 9 : Modulation to Closely Related Keys Module 10 : Advanced Chromaticism Module 11 : Modulation to Distantly Related Keys Module 12 : Pentatonic and Diatonic Modes Module 13 : Other Modes Module 14 : Sets and 12-Tone Rows Harmony Module 1 : I(i) and V (^1 and ^5 in the bass) Module 2 : IV(iv), ii6( Degrees6), and ii (^4 and ^2 in the bass) Module 3 : I(i)6, vii Degrees6, and V6 (^3, ^2, and ^7 in the bass) Module 4 : V7, vii Degrees7, and their inversions (^5, ^7, ^2, and ^4 in the bass) Module 5 : The Passing 6/4, Cadential 6/4, and Pedal 6/4 (^1, ^2 and ^5 in the bass) Module 6 : IV(iv)6, vi(VI), and iii(III) (^6, and ^3 in the bass) Module 7 : Predominant Seventh Chords - ii(o)7, ii(o)65, and IV(iv)7 Module 8 : Applied Dominants 1 - V7/V, vii Degrees7/V, and V7/III Module 9 : Applied Dominants 2 - V7/IV(iv) and vii Degrees7/iv Module 10 : Applied Dominants 3 - V7/ii, vii Degrees7/ii, V7/vi(VI), and vii Degrees7/vi Module 11 : Modulation to Closely Related Keys Module 12 : Modal mixture Module 13 : The Neapolitan (bII) Module 14 : Augmented 6th Chords Module 15 : Modulations Using vii Degrees7 and The ct Degrees7 Appendices Glossary of Terms Solmization Systems

Reviews for Comprehensive Aural Skills: A Flexible Approach to Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony

Comprehensive Aural Skills lives up to its name; together, the book and the companion website contain all the materials needed for an aural-skills curriculum. ... Comprehensive Aural Skills effectively combines singing and dictation activities in rhythm, melody, and harmony into a single book, and the high quality of the recordings makes Merritt and Castro's print-plus-digital package far more attractive than many automated dictation programs with low-quality MIDI. The inclusion of answer keys at the back of the book also makes this a viable resource for supplemental practice or even independent study ... nearly everything else needed for a four-semester curriculum is provided. - Samantha M. Inman, Music Theory Online

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