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.
- 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
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.
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.
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