The Practice of Harmony (4th Edition)

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With an emphasis on learning and understanding by doing, this book takes the reader from music fundamentals through harmony in common practice to some of the more important harmonic procedures of the 20th century. The book, easily accessible to all readers, is an excellent reference for the experienced musician. An abundance of musical examples can be found in every chapter. Analytical examples are drawn from three popular anthologies. Exercises are found in every chapter, often with “Suggestions and Strategies” to help the reader approach the exercises intelligently and systematically. Foundations, designed to ensure that the reader has a solid grasp of fundamentals, Harmony in Common Practice designed to develop a complete understanding of the principles of tertian harmony as they pertain to common practice by means of the Diatonic Vocabulary and Chromatic Vocabulary and Post-Common Practice Harmony designed to introduce the student to some of the more important harmonic procedures that have either evolved from or developed as a reaction to common practice. In all, the book is divided into 30 chapters. Beginning musicians wishing to learn the key elements of harmony or experienced musicians wishing to review the basics of harmony.

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With an emphasis on learning and understanding by doing, the text takes the student from music fundamentals through harmony in common practice to some of the more important harmonic procedures of the 20th century. The approach is "additive" throughout; to the extent that it is pedagogically feasible, the student uses what was learned in one chapter to help to comprehend the materials in the next.

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Barbara Bennett is a Lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of California, Riverside, where she teaches a three-part series of classes on harmonic theory. A composer and pianist as well as a teacher, Dr. Bennett is active in the College Music Society and the National Association of Composers, USA (NACUSA), having served as an officer on both national boards. Besides harmony, she also teaches Advanced Music Fundamentals and Introduction to Western Music at UC Riverside. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music at the University of Georgia, and her D. M. from The Florida State University.

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