There are ELEVEN levels in this series, and most students should begin with the PRIMER LEVEL. If the student has completed the PRIMER LEVEL, and has acquired the other requisite theoretical knowledge and technical skills, the student may advance directly to the LEVEL ONE book. Students with sufficient compositional skill may be placed into LEVEL ONE directly (SEE TOP PAGE FOR GUIDLINES).
[Most students will require several months of additional education in theory and their instrument technique before beginning the next level book.]
Pre-requisites: The general pre-requisites for using this book are: 1) student has written a melody more than 8 measures long with accompaniment (harmony), 2) student must have knowledge of intervals, chords and keys, and 3) the student has complete the PRIMER LEVEL book of this series or demonstrated equivalent compositional ability.
Notational Skills: The following notational skills are explained carefully and developed: 1) complete review of skills taught in the primer level (clefs, note heads, note stems, rests and time signatures); 2) determining meter; 3) ledger lines; 4) alignment; 5) drawing dynamic marks; 6) drawing sharps and flats; 7) key signatures and accidentals; 8) beaming eighth notes; 9) single eighth notes & eighth rests; and 10) triplets.
Theoretical Skills: The following aspects of general music theory are discussed in-depth as it applies to composition: 1) Tempo Indications; 2) Harmonization; and 3) Writing Counter Melodies.
Compositional Skills: The primary goal at this level is to teach the student how to write a simple melody, to expand it using several compositional techniques and then finally to harmonize it with tonic & dominant chords. The topics are sequenced as follows: 1) Sources of Inspiration; 2) Different Approaches to Notating a Melody; 3)
Question and Answer Melodies; 4) Double Questions and Answers; 5) Germination; 6) Specific Techniques of Rhythmic and Pitch Variation; 7) Setting Text; 8) Writing
Programmatic Music; 9) Improvising; 10) Harmonizing a Melody; and 11) Writing a Counter Melody.
Finishing Touches: In the final lessons of the book, the student is taught how to proofread & correct the draft manuscript, and how to create a clean final copy.
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