Basic Guide to How to Read Music

ISBN-10: 0399511229

ISBN-13: 9780399511226

Edition: 1996

Authors: Helen S. Cooper

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Classic notation for reading music is often paid little notice by teachers, and students have to fend for themselves. The skill of sight reading is almost a sine qua non for anyone playing an instrument - this book is aimed at the beginner.
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List price: $12.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/13/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

HELEN COOPER is the only illustrator ever to win the highly prestigious Kate Greenaway Award for two consecutive books: THE BABY WHO WOULDN'T GO TO BED, 1996 and PUMPKIN SOUP, 1998. She has had several other successful titles published by Doubleday including LITTLE MONSTER DID IT! and THE BEAR UNDER THE STAIRS, which won the Smarties Young Judges' Award in 1994. Both are now perennial favourites in nurseries, schools, libraries and bookshops. Helen is married to author/illustrator Ted Dewan. They have one daughter and live in Oxford.

The concept of pitch
The Staff
The clef
Leger lines
Other clefs
Naming notes
Following the shape of a melody
The concept of rhythm
Rhythm values
Simple rhythm values
Compound rhythm values
Note stems
Flags and beams
Bars (measures) and barlines
Stresses in music
Time signatures
Simple time signatures
Compound time signatures
The organization of rhythm values
Learning to read rhythm patterns
Tied notes
Triplets and duplets
The formal organization of pitch: the structure and notation of intervals, scales and keys
The piano keyboard
The octave
The piano keyboard
Steps and half-steps
Sharps, flats and naturals
The structure of the major scale
The structure of the major scale
The construction of subsequent sharp major scales
Flat major scales
Technical names for the degrees of the scale
Intervals of the major scale
Key signatures
Enharmonic keys
Key circles
Double sharps and double flats
The structure of the minor scale
The structure of the minor scale
Harmonic form
Melodic ascending form
Melodic descending form
Comparison of major and minor forms
The construction of subsequent sharp minor scales
Flat minor scales
The minor key circle
The intervals of the minor scale
Relative keys
The chromatic scale
The chromatic scale
The intervals of the chromatic scale
Transposition and score reading
Transposing instruments
The transposing instruments of the orchestra
Glossary of terms
Mood, feeling and style
General terms
Signs on the staff
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