Music Theory Explored

Exploring the Recorder and Music Theory, Book 2, 238 pages

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In Exploring the Recorder and Music Theory, students learn…

  • Notation:  Grand Staff, C Clefs, the piano keyboard, reading for harmonic analysis, the orchestra conductor’s score
  • Intervals: all sizes and qualities of intervals
  • Scales: major and three forms of minor scales; key signatures in parallel and relative keys; reference scales
  • Harmony: chords for every note of the scale; chord factors; inversions of triads; tonic, dominant, and subdominant harmonies; four-part harmonic analysis; functional harmonies and secondary triads; authentic, half, and plagal cadences
  • Phrase and form: phrase form and period form; layers of form; theme with variations
  • Rhythm and meter: rhythms up to thirty-second notes; simple, compound, and complex meters; beat patterns

In addition, all notes of the soprano recorder are used.  The fingering chart for alto recorder is included.  The text uses moveable DO solfège throughout.