Author(s): Margaret Richer
Understand Music Theory offers a practical approach which uses active learning to impart knowledge. Suitable for complete beginners, and assuming no previous knowledge, each chapter includes examples, illustrations, clear explanations, tips and self-tests before moving on. It covers all the essential topics in music theory, from rhythm and pitch to intervals, major and minor scales and compound time signatures. It also goes beyond these basic concepts to more advanced theory such as harmony, tone colour and musical form, to provide a genuinely comprehensive introduction to music theory. The theoretical information is all backed up by plenty of practical exercises, and the book includes a CD with further practice activities, to really consolidate your knowledge.
This book takes the fundamentals of music theory and presents them in a practical, hands-on approach, with easy-to-follow explanations, plenty of exercises and a CD to help you progress.
Margaret Richer has an MA in Music with a specialization in teaching piano. She has taught piano and music theory to adults for several years.