Music Theory Introduced

Introducing the Recorder and Music Theory, Book 1, 150 pages

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Music theory facts and concepts introduced in this text

1)     Notation and intervals

  • Skips, steps, and repeats
  • Whole steps and half steps
  • Sharps and flats
  • The keyboard
  • The grand staff

2)      Scales and key signatures

  • Solfège degrees for Major and natural minor
  • Pentatonic and diatonic scalar organizations
  • Scale degree names (such as tonic and dominant)
  • The order of sharps and flats in key signatures
  • Major and minor key signatures

3)      Harmony and texture

  • Monophony, polyphony, and homophony
  • Ostinato textures
  • Tonic and dominant functions

4)      Phrase and Form

  • The four-measure phrase
  • The period
  • How to label forms with letters (such as AB and AA’)

5)      Rhythm and meter

  • Duple, triple, and quadruple simple meters and duple and triple compound meters
  • Note values from whole notes through 16th notes
  • Dotted rhythms
  • Metrical counting
  • Identifying strong beats
  • Conducting patterns

6)      Vocabulary

  • Barline, measure, ending bar, repeat sign
  • Pianissimo through fortissimo dynamics
  • Legato, marcato, and staccato articulations
  • Ties and slurs
  • Andante, allegro, moderato, and largo tempos
  • Ritardando
  • Melody and harmony

In addition, all of the notes of the first register of the soprano recorder and many of those in the higher register are presented and used.  The text uses moveable DO solfège throughout.