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    Theory Fundamentals Workbook
    (2023) Young, Gregory
    This workbook is a practical method for learning the rudiments of music, which are essential to a thorough understanding of music in general. Designed as a supplement to professional instruction rather than a manual for self instruction, the text is intentionally brief. The emphasis is on using practical exercises to develop fluency. Aural, vocal, and keyboard skills must be integrated into the study of music theory from the very beginning. I encourage all students, regardless of their principal instrument, to learn to hear, sing, and play on the piano everything that they do in theory. All exercises in this book should be completed thoroughly. Usually a sample will be completed in brackets for each exercise, as a demonstration. Fluency with these basic materials of music will be a great asset to any further musical endeavors. For students who need additional exercises, suggestions for further study will be given.
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    A View From the Inside: Ensemble Directors’ Perspectives on Standards-Based Instruction
    (SAGE Publications, 2022-10) Harney, Kristin; Greene, Jennifer L. R.; Katz-Cote; Mulcahy, Krista; Moates Stanley, Laura
    In this mixed-methods study, we explored perspectives of ensemble directors (N = 306) regarding standards-based instruction and circumstances impacting standards-based instruction in the areas of creating, performing, responding, and connecting. Our research was modeled on Byo’s (1999) examination of teacher perceptions of the implementation of the 1994 music standards. We conducted an initial survey and completed follow-up interviews. Every participant indicated familiarity with the National Core Arts Standards, with many reporting that they regularly addressed standards in their teaching. The anchor standards related to performing were most commonly incorporated, whereas those related to creating and connecting were the least commonly addressed. Teachers shared strategies that promoted standards-based instruction and described barriers that prevented them from fully incorporating standards-based instruction. There is a need for ongoing professional development for in-service teachers, dedicated planning time, and realistic expectations related to the creating, responding, and connecting standards in performing ensembles.
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    Foundational Sight Singing
    (Montana State University, 2022-09) Stewart, Tobin
    Sight reading music can be a daunting endeavor for aspiring, and even experienced, musicians. Foundational Sight Singing was created to provide a systematic approach to learn to read, hear and perform music. The ordered presentation of both melodies and rhythms in this text helps students develop accuracy and fluency in sight singing which is a fundamental skill for all musicians. It is a text for developing proficiency in reading and sight singing that can be used in a variety of contexts from individual practice to choral or instrumental ensemble rehearsals to college ear training courses. Multiple exercises are provided for drilling and practice at each level throughout the text to grow the students’ fluency and proficiency in reading and performing pitch and rhythm. This text will help students build a solid foundation upon which they can establish mastery.
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