THEORY ESSENTIALS is a two-volume text that offers a unique, total solution to teaching music theory. Integrating all the components of the two-year music theory sequence, each volume (and its accompanying workbook that can be purchased separately) fully synthesizes the major topics in music theory with aural skills, keyboard applications, and examples from the literature. Offering terrific value, THEORY ESSENTIALS replaces the need for the four separate texts traditionally required for the music theory sequence (theory, ear training/sight singing, keyboard harmony, and an anthology). The result is a remarkable, carefully-paced synthesis of these components that moves from a solid grounding in Fundamentals through Diatonic Harmony (in Volume I), and from Secondary Function chords through Twentieth-Century Techniques (in Volume II).
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Dr. Connie Mayfield is Dean of Fine Arts at Cerritos College in California. Prior to that she was Professor of Music at Kansas City Kansas Community College, where she taught music theory and music technology and served as Coordinator of the Music Department. Mayfield was a Fulbright scholar to London, England, and completed her Ph.D. in music theory at the University of Kansas. Her presentations on music technology include the League for Innovation Conference on Information Technology, the MENC national convention, and the first annual Technology in Education Conference presented by the California Community Colleges Foundation. She is a leader in teaching theory and developing music technology curricula.
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