Musical Explorations: Fundamentals through Experience

Author(s): Daniel C Johnson

Edition: 6

Copyright: 2017


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Musical Explorations: Fundamentals Through Experience is a music fundamentals book with a fundamental difference; it offers an experiential and interactive approach to learning the rudiments of music theory. This text presents fundamental music theory concepts and terms through interactive classroom activities to encourage class participation from students.


Musical Explorations:

  • Includes a four-month access to Rhapsody, an online music listening service, which accompanies textbook playlists and gives the ability for students or instructors to create their own from over ten million titles
  • Can be used in general survey courses for non-music majors and traditional rudiments courses for beginning music majors
  • Begins with an overview of the study of music, followed by dedicated chapters to the seven elements of music (rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, dynamics, form, and texture)
  • Contains explanations of important terms/concepts and activities to guide student experiences with the musical element discussed
  • Provides additional online resources including video reviews and web-based music theory trainers
  • Features a NEW chapter on Global Music



To the Student
About the Author

Chapter 1 - Musical Essentials: Building Blocks
Chapter 2 - Rhythm: Feeling the Beat
Chapter 3 - Rhythm: Keeping the Beat
Chapter 4 - Melody: The Sound of Music
Chapter 5 - Melody: Melodies and More
Chapter 6 - Harmony and Texture: Unified Sounds
Chapter 7 - Timbre, Dynamics, and Form: The Expressive Elements of Music
Chapter 8 - Genre and Style in Music History
Chapter 9 – World Music

Online Multimedia Guidelines
Resources: Making More Music

Daniel C Johnson

Daniel C. Johnson, Ph.D. is Professor of Music and Music Education at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, the University of Arizona, St. Louis Conservatory, and Emory University, he is a distinguished teacher-educator, scholar, researcher, and author. During the past twenty-five years, Dr. Johnson's teaching experience has spanned the PK - University gamut.

A Medici Scholar, he is an international authority on music education pedagogy, having presented teacher education workshops through the world, reaching hundreds of teachers and thousands of their students in eight countries and on six continents. Focusing on classroom music instruction and music listening, Dr. Johnson has published in numerous eminent journals including: The Journal of Research in Music Education, The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, The International Journal of Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, Visions of Research in Music Education, The International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and Contributions to Music Education. In addition to Musical Explorations: Fundamentals Through Experience, he has contributed to several books including Applying Model Cornerstone Assessments in K–12 Music and The Oxford Handbook of Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education.

This book inspires students to learn music fundamentals through multi-sensory experiences with ease. While the chapters are laid out with simplicity, the content is diverse and succinct. Dr. Johnson integrates music psychology, logical learning strategies, world music, and sight and sound from the Internet to provide the learners with meaningful and practical music instruction. Finally, learning music fundamentals can be fun and meaningful for students.

Cecilia Wang
Professor of Music Education
University of Kentucky

This book has it all - clear prose, sequential presentation of content, and a focus on music making hooks students from the start. Johnson carefully leads the beginning student to a clear understanding of the fundamentals of music theory in a way that values and acknowledges their musical beliefs and preferences, while engaging them in musical activities that bring the concepts to life.

Timothy S. Brophy
Associate Professor of Music Education and Assistant Dean
University of Florida

It is a pleasure to read a text that is well organized and with clear and concise explanations! I wish I had this book thirty years ago when I first started teaching introduction to music classes.

David Sogin
Professor and Coordinator of Music Education
University of Kentucky

This is an excellent textbook for a music fundamentals course. I am pleased to recommend this text for consideration by anyone teaching a course in the fundamentals of music.

Kenneth C. Murray
Professor Emeritus of Music Education
Wingate University

Related ISBN's: 9781524934675, 9781524943875

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