Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory: Complete Alto Clef (Viola) Edition

Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory: Complete Alto Clef (Viola) Edition

By Andrew Surmani, Karen Farnum Surmani, and Morton Manus Complete Book Alto Clef (Viola) Edition (Comb Bound) Item: 00-18583
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Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory is designed for students of any age, whether listeners or performers, who want to have a better understanding of the language of music. In this all-in-one theory course, you will learn the essentials of music through concise lessons, practice your music reading and writing skills in the exercises, improve your listening skills with the available ear-training CDs (sold separately), and test your knowledge with a review that completes each unit.

This Alto Clef edition includes primarily alto clef examples, but also presents treble and bass clef examples. The Student Complete Book includes Books 1-3 in a spiral-bound format. The comb binding creates a lay-flat book that is perfect for study and performance.

Book 1 (Lessons 1-25): Staff, Notes and Pitches * Treble & Bass Clefs * Grad Staff & Ledger Lines * Note Values * Measure, Bar Line and Double Bar * 2/4, 3/4 & 4/4 Time Signatures * Whole, Half & Quarter Notes/Rests * Dotted Half & Quarter Notes * Ties & Slurs * Repeat Sign, 1st & 2nd Endings * Eighth Notes & Rests * Dynamic Signs, Tempo Marks & Articulation * D.C., D.S., Coda & Fine * Flats, Sharps & Naturals * Whole & Half Step, Enharmonic Notes.

Book 2 (Lessons 25-50): Tetrachords & Major Scales * Key Signatures * Chromatic Scale * Intervals, Circle of Fifths * Perfect, Major & Minor Intervals * Augmented & Diminished Intervals * Solfège & Transposition * Sixteenth Notes & Rests * Dotted Eighth Notes & Eighth Note Triplets * Common Time & Cut Time * 3/8 & 6/8 Time Signatures * Pick-up Notes & Syncopation * Primary & Major Triads * Scale Degree Names * Dominant 7th Chord.

Book 3 (Lessons 51-75): 1st & 2nd Inversions of Triads * Inversions of V7 Chords * Figured Bass * Major Chord Progressions * Minor Scales, Minor Triads * Augmented & Diminished Triads * Primary Triads in Minor Keys * Minor Chord Progressions * Modes * Harmonizing a Melody in Major and Minor Keys * Broken Chords & Arpeggiated Accompaniments * Passing and Neighboring Tones * Composing a Melody in Major and Minor Keys * 12-Bar Blues Chord Progression & Blues Scale * Basic Forms of Music.

The complete line of Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory includes Student Books, a Teacher's Answer Key, Ear-Training CDs, Double Bingo games, Flash Cards, Reproducible Teacher's Activity Kits, and interactive software for students and teachers in private study, studio and network environments.

Sample Pages


Unit 1
Lesson 1: The Staff, Notes and Pitches
Lesson 2: Treble Clef and Staff
Lesson 3: Bass Clef and Staff
Lesson 4: The Grand Staff and Ledger Lines (the middle notes)
Lesson 5: Ledger Lines (low and high notes)
Lesson 5b: Alto Clef and Staff
Lesson 5c: Alto Clef Ledger Lines
Ear Training for Lessons 1-5
Review of Lessons 1-5
Unit 2
Lesson 6: Note Values
Lesson 7: Measure, Bar Line and Double Bar
Lesson 8: 4/4 Time Signature and Note Values
Lesson 9: Whole, Half and Quarter Rests
Ear Training for Lessons 6-9
Review of Lessons 6-9
Unit 3
Lesson 10: 2/4 Time Signature
Lesson 11: 3/4 Time Signature
Lesson 12: Dotted Half Note
Lesson 13: Ties and Slurs
Ear Training for Lessons 10-13
Review of Lessons 10-13
Unit 4
Lesson 14: Repeat Sign, 1st and 2nd Endings
Lesson 15: Eighth Notes
Lesson 16: Eighth Rests
Lesson 17: Dotted Quarter Note
Ear Training for Lesson 14-17
Review of Lessons 14-17
Unit 5
Lesson 18: Dynamic Signs
Lesson 19: Tempo Marks
Lesson 20: Articulation
Lesson 21: D.C., D.S., Coda and Fine
Ear Training for Lessons 18-21
Review of Lessons 18-21
Unit 6
Lesson 22: Flats
Lesson 23: Sharps
Lesson 24: Naturals
Lesson 25: Whole Steps, Half Steps and Enharmonic Notes
Ear Training for Lessons 22-25
Review of Lessons 22-25
Glossary & Index of Terms & Symbols
Unit 7
Lesson 26: Tetrachords and Major Scales
Lesson 27: The Sharp Scales---G and D Major
Lesson 28: The Flat Scales---F and B-flat Major
Lesson 29: Key Signatures---The Sharp Keys
Lesson 30: Key Signatures---The Flat Keys
Ear Training for Lessons 26-30
Review of Lessons 26-30
Unit 8
Lesson 32: The Remaining Major Scales with Key Signatures
Lesson 32: Chromatic Scale
Lesson 33: Intervals
Lesson 34: Circle of Fifths
Ear Training for Lessons 31-34
Review of Lessons 31-34
Unit 9
Lesson 35: Perfect and Major Intervals
Lesson 36: Minor Intervals
Lesson 37: Augmented and Diminished Intervals
Lesson 38: Solfége and Transposition
Ear Training for Lessons 35-38
Review of Lessons 35-38
Unit 10
Lesson 39: Sixteenth Notes
Lesson 40: Sixteenth Rests
Lesson 41: Dotted Eighth Notes
Lesson 42: Common Time and Cut Time (Alla Breve)
Ear Training for Lessons 39-42
Review of Lessons 39-42
Unit 11
Lesson 43: 3/8 and 6/8 Time Signatures
Lesson 44: 3/8 and 6/8 Time Signatures at Fast Tempos
Lesson 45: Eighth Note Triplets
Lesson 46: Incomplete Measures (Pick-up Notes) and Syncopation
Ear Training for Lessons 43-46
Review of Lessons 43-46
Unit 12
Lesson 47: Triads
Lesson 48: Primary and Major Triads
Lesson 49: Scale Degree Names
Lesson 50: The V-7 (Dominant 7th) Chord
Ear Training for Lessons 47-50
Review of Lessons 47-50
Glossary & Index of Terms & Symbols
Unit 13
Lesson 51: Triads---1st Inversion
Lesson 52: Triads---2nd Inversion
Lesson 53: V-7 Chords---1st, 2nd and 3rd Inversions
Lesson 54: Figured Bass
Lesson 55: Major Chord Progressions
Ear Training for Lessons 51-55
Review of Lessons 51-55
Unit 14
Lesson 56: Minor Scales
Lesson 57: Natural, Harmonic and Melodic Minor Scales
Lesson 58: Minor Triads
Lesson 59: Augmented and Diminished Triads
Ear Training for Lessons 56-59
Review of Lessons 56-59
Unit 15
Lesson 60: The Primary Triads in Minor Keys
Lesson 61: Minor Chord Progressions
Lesson 62: Modes Related to the Major Scale: Ionian, Mixolydian, and Lydian
Lesson 63: Modes Related to the Minor Scale: Aeolian, Dorian, Phrygian, Locrian
Ear Training for Lessons 60-63
Review of Lessons 60-63
Unit 16
Lesson 64: Harmonizing a Melody in a Major Key
Lesson 65: Broken Chords and Arpeggiated Accompaniments
Lesson 66: Passing and Neighboring Tones
Lesson 67: Composing a Melody in a Major Key
Ear Training for Lessons 64-67
Review of Lessons 64-67
Unit 17
Lesson 68: Harmonizing a Melody in a Minor Key
Lesson 69: Composing a Melody in a Minor Key
Lesson 70: 12-Bar Blues Chord Progression
Lesson 71: The Blues Scale
Ear Training for Lessons 68-71
Review of Lessons 68-71
Unit 18
Lesson 72: Basic Forms of Music---Motive and Phrase
Lesson 73: AB (Binary) Form
Lesson 74: ABA (Ternary) Form
Lesson 75: Rondo Form
Ear Training for Lessons 72-75
Review of Lessons 72-75
Glossary & Index of Terms & Symbols

Additional Information

Series: Essentials of Music Theory
Author: Andrew Surmani, Karen Farnum Surmani, Morton Manus
Format: Comb Bound Book
Instrumentation: Alto Clef (Viola)
Page Count: 124
Item Number: 00-18583
ISBN 10: 0-7390-0265-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-7390-0265-0
UPC: 038081177458

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